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A Story of a Fire and a Community During Australia's Worst Summer: Winner of the 2022 Walkley...

Bronwyn Adcock



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Black Inc
20 September 2021
An insider's account of surviving one of Australia's worst bushfires, and how we live with fire in a climate-changed world

Winner of the 2022 Walkley Book Award.

The gripping, deeply moving account of a terrifying fire - among the most ferocious Australia has ever seen

'A vivid and terrifying glimpse of not just our future but our present. Every Australian should read this book.' -Sophie Cunningham, author of Warning- The Story of Cyclone Tracy

The Currowan fire - ignited by a lightning strike in a remote forest and growing to engulf the New South Wales South Coast - was one of the most terrifying episodes of Australia's Black Summer. It burnt for seventy-four days, consuming nearly 5000 square kilometres of land, destroying well over 500 homes and leaving many people shattered.

Bronwyn Adcock fled the inferno with her children. Her husband, fighting at the front, rang with a plea for help before his phone went dead, leaving her to fear- will he make it out alive?

In Currowan, Bronwyn tells her story and those of many others - what they saw, thought and felt as they battled a blaze of never-before-seen intensity. In the aftermath, there were questions- why were resources so few that many faced the flames alone? Why was there back-burning on a day of extreme fire danger? Why weren't we better prepared?

Currowan is a portrait of tragedy, survival and the power of community. Set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of an intensifying crisis, this immersive account of a region facing disaster is a powerful glimpse into a new, more dangerous world - and how we build resilience.

'Vivid, visceral, adrenaline-filled, true- this is our mind-blowing new reality. Currowan is a throat-gripping, essential read for all Australians ... for all humans. Be prepared. This book reads like a thriller and will haunt like a prophesy.' -Jonica Newby, author of Beyond Climate Grief
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   374g
ISBN:   9781760642747
ISBN 10:   1760642746
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bronwyn Adcock is an award-winning Australian journalist and writer. She has worked as a radio current-affairs reporter and documentary maker for the ABC, as a video journalist for SBS's Dateline and as a freelance writer, including for Griffith Review and The Monthly.

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