By Paul Collins
‘Dry warmth and sizzling, dry winds labored upon a land already dry, to suck from it the final, least drop of moisture. males who had lived their lives within the bush went their methods within the shadow of dread expectancy. yet although they felt the imminence of probability they can now not inform that it was once to be some distance more than they can think. they'd now not lived lengthy enough.’ — file of the Royal fee into the bushfires of January 1939
With the beginning of each bushfire season and the 1st threatening tricks of burning eucalypt within the air, we're reminded, regardless of the place we are living, that bushfire is an inescapable truth during this nation. In Burn Paul Collins tells the epic tale of bushfire in Australia, drawing on debts of the main devastating conflagrations in Australia’s ecu historical past — from the 1851 Black Thursday hearth (which burnt out one region of Victoria) to the 1939 Black Friday fires (which took many lives and destroyed hundreds of thousands of hectares in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania), the Canberra inferno of 2003, and the Black Saturday fires of February 2009.
Frightening, compelling, shiny, and provocative, Burn unearths tales of heroism, stupidity, political incompetence, and environmental vandalism. this is often the grand narrative of bushfire in Australia, the main fire-prone land on Earth.
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