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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.


Every observation exquisitely detailed


This book is a beautifully detailed and unbiased view of the Black Saturday events and the aftermath. It is full of the observational comments and wonderfully evocative story of the challenges within the Churchill valley and the the tragedy of the bushfire that befalls them. The commentary around the investigation and the individual found guilty is incredibly sympathetic.



Amazing read, so well written


I loved this book. After realising that i had never thought about the aftermath and how and where the fires started, this book was incredible. So amazingly written. Highly recommend to anyone for a great read you can't put down.

Port Macquarie

Could not put it down


An eloquent writer, each sentance carefully crafted. A beautiful book taking in all sides of the event. Loved the The Tall Man and this is just as good.



This Book is worth every cent


Loved this Book No1 as far as i am concerned



Good descriptive headline


I bought to be informed of the subject covered in the book & found it well written & full of facts





A serious psychological investigation




5.0 6


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