Author(s): Adrian Hyland

Current Affairs | Essential Australian Non-Fiction | Truth Stranger Than Fiction

Kinglake-350 to VKC. Urgent, do you read me?
The fire’s here now. God help us.

Kinglake-350 is a masterpiece of writing about family, community, country life and what happens when a day of ultimate terror arrives.

Adrian Hyland takes a dramatic and compelling sequence of events on that day and weaves them into a picture of universal significance and deep fascination.

On 7 February 2009 Roger Wood was the police officer in charge of Kinglake, at the epicentre of the worst bushfire disaster in Australia’s history, Black Saturday. As the firestorm engulfed the community, he risked his life, again and again, to try and save people. With the fire raging all around, he phoned home to warn his wife what was coming. She screamed that the fire had already hit their property. Then the line went dead.

Black Saturday was a many-headed monster in whose wake stories of grief, heroism and desolation erupted all over the state of Victoria. This is a book about the monster—and the heroism of those who confronted it.


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Commended for Western Australian Premier's Book Awards: Book of the Year 2011. Shortlisted for Westfield/Waverley Library Literary Award 2012 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia) 2012 and Age Book of the Year: Non-fiction 2012.

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General Fields

  • : 9781922182920
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.244
  • : February 2015
  • : 199mm X 128mm X 22mm
  • : Australia
  • : February 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adrian Hyland
  • : Paperback
  • : 315
  • : en
  • : 272