Katherine Scholes Penguin Random House

Inspired by real events and set in the exotic but dangerous world of 1960s newly-independent Congo this is a panoramic story of the fragility of family ties and the failure of faith to fix injustice in turmoil. There’s a lot of interesting background to this release as Katherine was born in Tanzania and she spent her childhood going on safari and watching as her father, a doctor, operated a clinic from his land rover. When she was 10-years-old, the family migrated to Australia where Katherine worked as a successful documentary filmmaker across the world (which definitely influences the Hollywood blockbuster feel of the book). Expertly woven and meticulously researched, this unforgettable story draws you into both the breathtaking beauty and bloody violence of the Congo.