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Travel the world with our Australian Queen of African writing.

Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist, and has fond memories of going on safaris to remote areas – her father running a clinic from his Land Rover. ‘We four kids were allowed to do anything we liked,’ she says, ‘as long as we avoided getting bitten by snakes, or eaten by crocodiles or other wild animals. We fished and hunted and swam in rivers.’ Now based in Tasmania, from her desk overlooking the coastal cliffs, thousands of kilometres from her birthplace, she’s able to transport readers to spectacular locations around the world. ‘It’s as if I can feed off a powerful presence of a natural environment,’ she says, ‘and it doesn’t matter which one it is – just as I can feel at home in Tanzania as well as Tasmania.’

Here we take a walk through Scholes’ vivid international sojourns.

Congo Dawn
You can’t go back and change the past. All you have left is the future.
Inspired by real events, Congo Dawn combines epic drama with an intimate journey into the heart of a fractured family, as two characters, in search of people they lost, at last find a way to come home. It is a landmark novel about good and evil, and the inexhaustible power of love.

The Lioness
When Emma Lindberg travels to a remote corner of Africa to visit the research station where her mother died years ago, all she wants is to finally lay her grief to rest. Instead, she finds herself caught up in the search for a missing child.

The Perfect Wife
Kitty Hamilton arrives in Tanganyika with high hopes for her new life. An exciting adventure halfway across the world could be just what she and Theo need to recover from the scandal that almost tore them apart. But in this wild and foreign land, her dreams soon begin to unravel.

Make Me an Idol
Go in search of your mother by all means, but don’t count on what you’ll find…
Moving from the rugged Tasmanian coast to the ashrams of India and the Himalayan foothills, Make Me an Idol is a beautifully touching story about how to be a mother, and how to live without one.

The Stone Angel
Stella heads home to Halfmoon Bay, the Tasmanian fishing village where she grew up. She desperately doesn’t want to face the painful memories that await her. But as she takes part in the search for her father, the life of her old home draws in around her. She finds herself taken back to that extraordinary summer when she met a young man who was sailing the world alone. A time of devastating tragedy, but also of first love…

The Rain Queen
Kate Carrington has cut all ties with Africa, the land of her birth. Her past is buried alongside her missionary parents, the last reminders locked safely away in the attic. But when a mysterious woman moves in next door, Kate’s carefully constructed world is torn apart.

The Hunter's Wife
Mara, a young Australian, marries a big-game hunter who lives on the spectacular grasslands of East Africa. Three years later, their safari lodge is in trouble - and so, too, is their marriage. The Hunter's Wife is a powerful and moving story of a young woman's heartfelt struggle to reconcile duty and desire, set  against the breathtaking backdrop of Tanzania.

  • An unforgettable story filled with drama, conflict and deep emotion. You can’t go back and change the past. All you have left is the future.

  • A breathtaking story about duty and desire, and about following your heart, wherever in the world it may lead you.

  • ‘An incredible saga… a spellbinding book filled with the essence of Africa and soul-searching lessons on motherhood.’ Chronicle

  • Moving from the rugged Tasmanian coast to the ashrams of India and the Himalayan foothills, Make Me an Idol is a beautifully touching story about how to be a mother, and how to live without one.

  • 'A truly absorbing book filled with secrets and conflicts.' Woman's Day

  • The phenomenal bestseller that won hearts the world over.

  • ‘Out of Africa meets White Mischief… a bittersweet, entertaining mix of Hollywood, obsessive love and the unbearable longing for what is not possible.’ Australian Women’s Weekly Book of the Month

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