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The Arsonist : Shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction - Chloe Hooper

The Arsonist

Shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction

Paperback Published: 15th October 2018
ISBN: 9780670078189
Number Of Pages: 272

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction

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.

A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

About the Author

Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island (2008) won the Victorian, New South Wales, West Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the John Button Prize for Political Writing, and a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. She is also the author of two novels, A Child’s Book of True Crime and The Engagement.

ISBN: 9780670078189
ISBN-10: 0670078182
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th October 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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