Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day, Child Witch Kinshasa, by Mike Ormsby, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store.
Book Part of Kindle Unlimited? Yes
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Child Witch Kinshasa is an epic tale of travel, love and loss, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and England. This colorful tragicomedy unfolds through the eyes of Dudu – a young Congolese boy, Frank – a British journalist, and his wife Ruth – a mother of two, with a full-time job in London. Their lives entwine, and cultures clash, after chance encounters that reverberate from Kinshasa to Kingston-upon-Thames.
The story begins when an evangelical pastor visits Dudu’s remote village and accuses him of being a ‘child witch’ with mysterious and dangerous powers. Dudu flees his village to stay with relatives and avoid divine retribution, but his plan goes wrong and he finds himself alone and homeless. To survive, he teams up with Kilanda, a former child soldier, whose reckless sense of adventure spins them – Huck Finn style – across the vast country by road, rail, and river.
Meanwhile, British journalist Frank is travelling around DR Congo, training local reporters in a western-funded project. It’s a tough job, especially as his efforts are undermined by propaganda from government and rebels locked in civil war. Eventually, Frank wonders whether he can actually do any good in the DRC.
The answer comes when he helps to rescue two boys from a beating in Kinshasa. Frank offers to re-home the youngest – Dudu – but this savvy street kid has learned the hard way not to trust adults, especially foreigners. Just as Frank is about to give up and go home to England, his wife Ruth has an irresistible idea that changes everything, for everybody.
The story continues in Child Witch London.
Mike Ormsby was born in Ormskirk, England, in 1959. He is the author of ‘Child Witch Kinshasa’ and ‘Child Witch London’ (2014), a two-part novel set in Congo and the UK. His short story collection, ‘Never Mind the Balkans, Here’s Romania’ (2008), prompted Romanian critics to dub him ‘our British Caragiale’, after their beloved Victorian-era satirist.
‘Spinner the Winner’ (2012), Mike’s book for children, has been translated into French, Serbian, Spanish, and Romanian. His screenplay ‘Hey, Mr DJ’ (2007) was filmed in Kigali and topped the bill at Rwanda’s first Hillywood Film Festival. His script ‘Enfants dits Sorciers’ was filmed in Kinshasa (2002). A former BBC journalist/World Service trainer, Mike is based in a mountain village in Transylvania, where he and his wife Angela Nicoara have lived for five hundred years.
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