Paddy Manning is contributing editor (politics) for The Monthly magazine and author of four books including Inside the Greens, Born to Rule: The Unauthorised Biography of Malcolm Turnbull. Over a 20-year career in journalism he has worked for the ABC, Crikey, SMH/The Age, AFR, The Australian and was founding editor and publisher of Ethical Investor magazine.
'Manning looks to past natural disasters that inform present conditions. His journalistic training allows for nuance; there's space set aside to discuss climate change sceptics and deniers even as his central these is unequivocal: that as the planet hots up, the mercury's grim harvest will threaten more of us . Dedicated to the loved ones of those who've lost their lives in the stories told within, Body Count is at its heart an urgent and passionate rallying call.' * The Saturday Paper * 'Body Count puts a human face on the lives impacted by our worsening climate crisis. Most apparent from Body Count is the sense of community throughout the book. These stories of heroism and hope provide a silver lining...' FIVE STARS. * Good Reading * 'This anthology of human stories about health and global warming makes clear that climate change is not an abstract, future issue. Our climate has already changed, and it's claiming the lives of people we know. We must act urgently. There is no time to waste.' -- Tony Capon, director of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and chair in Planetary Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University 'Body Count should be on everyone's reading list. It cuts through the swathe of propaganda that climate change is not something to worry about. Spoiler alert: it is. Australia's climate wars have moved well beyond Parliament House, placing all Australians on the front line. It is precisely what all Australians need to read.' -- Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW 'This important book is an insight into the consequences of ignoring the warnings of climate and public health scientists. Featuring journalistic precision, and a storyteller's gift, Body Count is not just a compelling read, but a timely reminder it is our lives that are at stake.' -- Fiona Armstrong, founder and executive director of the Climate and Health Alliance; Honorary Associate, Department of Public Health, La Trobe University 'Moving stories of heroic courage and tragic loss. A pause to reflect on the lives lost and how urgently we need change.' -- David Pocock, former Wallabies captain 'A stunningly powerful call to political leaders everywhere who hear the warnings of the devastating impacts of climate change on health but fail to act.' -- Dr Helen Haines, independent member for Indi 'Climate change kills. ... Through the accounts of people who have lost so much, Paddy Manning drives home the deeply personal impact of climate change. Governments continue to ignore the impact on climate change on human health at OUR peril. The future of our planet and our future generations depends on everyone playing their part, today.' -- Professor Kerryn Phelps 'True stories of heroism and unimaginable loss... Body Count is a brilliant exposition of why we must deal with the climate problem now.' -- Ross Garnaut 'A climate emergency tour de force.' -- Dr Bob Brown