Title: Arsonist, The
Authors: Hooper, Chloe
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 245
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: Black Saturday will be remembered for the tragic loss of life that resulted from Victoria's catastrophic bush fires on February 7th, 2009. The question on everybody's lips was 'how did this happen?' Chloe Hooper brings together information about the nature of bush fires along with the details of the investigation into one of the deliberately lit fires and the subsequent prosecution. The outcome - a detailed and well-balanced examination of what took place as well as an objective understanding of the man who contributed to the devastation.

A compelling and comprehensive read.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A very well-written, well-balanced account of a devastating event. The actual victim statements interspersed throughout the story gives it a very personal touch."

"The book will appeal to readers who want to be informed about bush fires."

"I couldn't put the book down. The writer engaged my sympathy towards all of the players in this tragedy."

"With increasingly erratic climatic conditions, this is well worth reading."

"The book has lots to tell us about the effects of struggle, alienation and societal callousness towards those who are different."

"I found the whole story very personal and quite difficult to read in some parts but it made me really consider the arsonist's point of view too."
Categories: Non fiction, Community, Contemporary, Faction, Grief/loss, Tragedy/disaster, True Crime, Australia, 2021 Titles


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By: INVER 001 2020-10-14 13:48:43
Very interesting and well-researched book. Certainly very topical as our meeting day was when the Lake Ohau fire was being fought...brought the horror of fire to us as so many images being portrayed on TV and in the media. Most of us wondered if Brendan was really guilty...too many unanswered questions!

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