Jackie French is back with a heartbreaking and powerful novel celebrating the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it. “The book isn’t just about the fire,” says Judy. “The book is mostly about the way the community responds. When humans are faced with danger we are capable of the greatest courage, compassion and generosity.”
In her new novel, Facing the Flame, it’s 1978 and the hot winds are howling across dry grass and cracked earth. The residents of Gibber’s Creek know their land can burn but they are prepared to fight for it.
“It is the story of the land as well as the people. People who cannot be separated from their land.” – Jackie
It’s not all fire and blackened earth, though. Jackie assures readers that even in disaster, there is a lot of love. So if you know anyone looking for a powerful, moving, heartwarming read about a people’s love for their land and their neighbours, get them a copy of Jackie French’s latest Facing the Flame.
Listen to our interview with Jackie here:
Facing the Flame
There have been fires before, but not like this. Heartbreaking and powerful, FACING THE FLAME is a story of the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it.
There have been fires before,but not like this. In 1978, as the hot windhowls and the grass dries, all who live at Gibber's Creek know their land canburn. But when you love your land, you fight for it.
Heartbreaking andpowerful, Facing theFlame celebrates thetriumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not evenbushfire can erode it.
About the Contributor
Before entering the exciting world of books, Bronwyn served in the Royal Australian Air Force, travelled extensively and worked (still does!) as a barista on the weekends. Books are her true passion. Bronwyn's debut fantasy novel Relic is coming out in 2019 with indie publishing house Talem Press. They are to publish her entire trilogy called The Relic Trilogy. In her spare time, Bronwyn writes, reads and enjoys keeping fit (which she undoes by eating loads of chocolate) with Martial Arts and personal training. She can't answer what her favourite book is but she has a soft spot for Peter Pan (J.M Barrie), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon), Stardust (Neil Gaiman), The Illuminae Files (Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman) and Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo). Fantasy, sci-fi and YA make up the majority of her bookshelves.