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Rising Heart (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Rising Heart (MP3)
Written by:
Aminata Conteh-Biger 
Read by:
Zindzi Okenyo 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 17 minutes 
MP3 size:
384 MB 
August 25 2020 
Available Date:
August 25 2020 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Autobiography; Memoirs 
Bolinda/Macmillan Australia 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

The astonishing tale of a woman determined to turn her trauma into the power for good in the world.

One woman’s astonishing journey from unimaginable trauma to becoming a power for good. In 1999, Sierra Leone was in the midst of a brutal civil war where mindless violence, vicious amputation and the rape of young enslaved women were the everyday weapons of bloody conflict. It was also where rebel soldiers snatched the young Aminata Conteh-Biger from her father’s arms, then held her captive for months. After she was released, the UNHCR recognised that her captors still posed a serious threat to her safety. So, still in her teens, she was put on a plane and flown to Australia to start afresh as a refugee in a land she knew nothing about. It is here that she has proudly built a life, while never allowing her trauma to define her. Yet it was a near-death experience she suffered during the birth of her child that turned her attention to the women of Sierra Leone – where they are 200 times more likely to die while having a baby than in Australia. So she set up the Aminata Maternal Foundation, then returned to the land of her birth to help. This is her story.

'Rising Heart will never leave you; searing, powerful, disturbing, hopeful.'
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

'An incredible story of hope and transformation, one that we can all learn from.'
Emma Isaacs, Founder and Global CEO, Business Chicks

'Aminata's courage in sharing this intensely personal story is rewarded with the power of inspiring hope. Rising Heart has refuelled my sense of perspective and purpose.'
Yael Stone, actor and activist

'Rising Heart is a gripping story of courage, survival and redemption. I could not put it down.'
Wendy McCarthy AO