Title: Arsonist, The
Authors: Hooper, Chloe
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 245
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: Black Saturday will be remembered for the tragic loss of life that resulted from Victoria's catastrophic bush fires on February 7th, 2009. The question on everybody's lips was 'how did this happen?' Chloe Hooper brings together information about the nature of bush fires along with the details of the investigation into one of the deliberately lit fires and the subsequent prosecution. The outcome - a detailed and well-balanced examination of what took place as well as an objective understanding of the man who contributed to the devastation.

A compelling and comprehensive read.
Categories: Non fiction, Community, Contemporary, Faction, Grief/loss, Tragedy/disaster, True Crime, Australia, 2021 Titles


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By: GISB 003 2021-10-01 13:37:18
Some of our group really enjoyed reading this book, it led to good discussion. A couple didn't read it as they weren't interested in the topic.

By: ROTO 006 2021-08-23 10:55:20
Generated interesting discussion.

By: MAST 003 2021-08-06 14:05:13
We enjoyed discussing this book. The writing was clever, but ultimately it is a good piece of investigative journalism.

By: TIMAR 020 2021-07-12 10:32:15
Looking for more by this author. Structure of the book commented on. Some members found it very frustrating.

By: HUNTLY 001 2021-06-09 14:22:44
Interesting insight into autism, but found some of the description of people caught in the fire unpleasant and upsetting.

By: CHCH 058 2021-05-31 13:15:09
A wide range of reactions to this book. An interesting insight, well structured and beautiful language with unusual images. There were some unexpected moments in the portrayal of the story.

By: WHAKA 017 2021-03-22 12:05:44
A very informative, well written book especially on the forensic analysis of bush fires. Some of the word pictures gave very haunting impressions of those caught in the fire. Our discussion also centred on 'The Arsonist' and his life, and factors before and after the fire.

By: LEVIN 001 2021-03-18 13:40:36
Most members were pleased that they had read it. Most were fascinated by the detail and description of fire, investigation and court case. 3 members who have autistic grandchildren found it disturbing. Raised a lot of questions! No-one claimed to have "enjoyed it" but all said it was very good.

By: CLARK 001 2021-03-17 12:56:52
Mixed reaction from the group. Interesting insights into the technical aspects of fire investigation. Admiration and sympathy for parents of Brendan expressed by some members.

By: INVER 001 2020-10-14 13:48:43
Very interesting and well-researched book. Certainly very topical as our meeting day was when the Lake Ohau fire was being fought...brought the horror of fire to us as so many images being portrayed on TV and in the media. Most of us wondered if Brendan was really guilty...too many unanswered questions!

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