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THE ARSONIST

Chloe Hooper

  • Original Title: THE ARSONIST
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON
  • Country: AU
  • 272 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: Australia
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, Moral dilemma, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Exclusion, Ecology, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations

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A case study of 'Black Saturday' a famous outback fire which was started by a man with mental disabilities and which spread to wipe out most of a community within hours.

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Chloe Hooper is an Australian writer. She won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally. Her first novel, A CHILD'S BOOK OF TRUE CRIME, was critically acclaimed around the world. THE TALL MAN won the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year Award.

Summary

On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know. THE ARSONIST takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species - understanding its abuse will define our future. THE ARSONIST is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

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    Chloe Hooper is an Australian writer. She won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally. Her first novel, A CHILD'S BOOK OF TRUE CRIME, was critically acclaimed around the world. THE TALL MAN won the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year Award.