Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World (Hardback)John Vaillant (author)
Through the story of the twenty-first century's most intense urban fire, Vaillant examines the devastating effect of climate change on the temperature of the planet and how deadly wildfires will only become more prevalent.
Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2023
A gripping account of this century's most intense urban fire, and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between humanity and fire's fierce energy.
In May 2016, Fort McMurray, Alberta, the hub of Canada's oil industry, was overrun by wildfire. The multi-billion-dollar disaster turned entire neighbourhoods into firebombs and drove 90,000 people from their homes in a single afternoon.
Through the story of this apocalyptic conflagration, John Vaillant explores the past and the future of our ever-hotter, more flammable world.
For hundreds of millennia, fire has been a partner in our evolution, shaping culture and civilization. Yet in our age of intensifying climate change, we are seeing its destructive power unleashed in ways never before witnessed by human beings. With masterly prose and cinematic style, Vaillant delves into the intertwined histories of the oil industry and climate science, the unprecedented devastation wrought by modern wildfires, and the lives forever changed by these disasters.
Fire Weather is urgent reading for our new century of fire.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 42 mm
'No book feels timelier than John Vaillant's Fire Weather, a deeply reported narrative of one of Canada's most destructive recent wildfires . . . an adrenaline-soaked nightmare that is impossible to put down . . . The drama of the unfolding action and the righteous anger of the polemic concealed within are engrossing.' - Cal Flyn, The Times
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