Shepparton News - - LIFESTYLE -

This is the pow­er­ful true story of how one woman turned out­back dust into a di­a­mond empire.

Within min­utes of land­ing in Ku­nunurra in West­ern Aus­tralia, Frauke Bolten had made up her mind to get on a plane back home to Ger­many. It was 1981 and the dusty fron­tier town was no place for a woman.

How­ever, Frauke stayed, de­ter­mined to help her hus­band carve out a new life farm­ing.

Tragedy struck just three years later when Friedrich took his own life and she was left to raise their fam­ily alone.

Twenty-six years af­ter Frauke sold her first neck­lace off the back porch, Kim­ber­ley Fine Di­a­monds in Ku­nunurra is now home to one of the world’s largest col­lec­tions of Ar­gyle pink di­a­monds, with a client list that in­cludes Nicole Kid­man and Hugh Jack­man.

Frauke is cred­ited for not only pi­o­neer­ing an in­dus­try, but for putting the tiny out­back town and its pre­cious di­a­monds on the map.

A Di­a­mond in the Dust is a tale of love and loss, hard­ship and heartache, but ul­ti­mately the in­spir­ing story of how a young woman from Ger­many over­came tragedy to pi­o­neer a di­a­mond empire in one of the most un­for­giv­ing ter­rains on earth.

Week­end Life has one copy of A Di­a­mond in the Dust by Frauke Bolten-Bosham­mer with Sue Smethurst to give away, thanks to pub­lisher Si­mon and Schus­ter.

To en­ter, email week­endlife@shep­p­ and tell us what is on the front cover of Week­end Life this week­end. Re­mem­ber to in­clude your name, ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber.

En­tries close Wed­nes­day, No­vem­ber 14 at noon and the win­ner will be con­tacted by phone.

The win­ner can col­lect the book week­days be­tween 9 am and 5 pm from the Shep­par­ton News of­fice, Mel­bourne Rd, Kialla.

For the full terms and con­di­tions of this com­pe­ti­tion see the Week­end News’ Clas­si­fieds sec­tion.

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