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The Coal Face is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.

'The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blanketed the entire town . . .'
On 9 February 2014 a fire took hold in Victoria's Hazelwood coal mine next to Morwell and burned for one and a half months. As the air filled with toxic smoke and ash, residents of the Latrobe Valley became ill, afraid – and angry. Up against an unresponsive corporation and an indifferent government, the community banded together, turning tragedy into a political fight.

Tom Doig reveals the decades of decisions that led to the fire, and gives an intimate account of the first moments of the blaze and the dark weeks that followed. The Coal Face is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.

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  • Paperback

    9780143573074

    March 25, 2015

    Penguin

    144 pages

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9781760140984

    March 25, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    132 pages

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