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  • Published: 1 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9781761042515
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

Fire Flood Plague

Australian writers respond to 2020




Leading Australian writers respond to the challenges of 2020, to create a vital cultural record of these extraordinary times.

2020 began with fire storms raging through the country, followed by floods, and then a global pandemic that has changed how Australians think, feel and live. We all experienced this year differently, but one thing rings true for all us: this is a year we won’t forget.

This anthology brings together original work from a diverse collection of Australian voices, from writers to scientists, journalists to historians, all expressing what 2020 meant to them. They write of ash falling from the sky, fish dying on riverbanks, loved ones lost, loved ones reunited, the historical resonance of fire and plague for Indigenous Australians, geopolitical tensions, the changed nature of travel, friendships rekindled on Zoom, the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, the state of the arts and the media, the importance of nurturing our inner lives, communities destroyed and communities rebuilding.

FIRE FLOOD PLAGUE a vital cultural record of the resilience and humanity needed in these extraordinary times.

Including original pieces from Lenore Taylor, Nyadol Nuon, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Lucashenko, Billy Griffiths, Jess Hill, Kim Scott, Brenda Walker, Jane Rawson, Omar Sakr, Richard McGregor, Jennifer Mills, Gabrielle Chan, John Birmingham, Tim Flannery, Rebecca Giggs, Kate Cole-Adams, George Megalogenis, James Bradley, Alison Croggan, Melanie Cheng, Kirsten Tranter, Tom Griffiths, Joelle Gergis and Delia Falconer.

  • Published: 1 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9781761042515
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is the author of six books, including City of Trees, and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy. She is a former publisher and editor, was a co-founder of the Stella Prize and is now an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab. In 2019 Sophie Cunningham was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to literature.

Praise for Fire Flood Plague

Laid bare in Fire, Flood, Plague is the terrifying, sad and urgent reality of climate change, in the form of last summer’s megafires and subsequent floods, including the destruction of one billion native animals. Myriad perspectives come from an impressive assemblage of writers, including John Birmingham, Delia Falconer, Melanie Cheng, Christos Tsiolkas, Brenda Walker, Kim Scott and Tim Flannery, among others. The essays are engrossing, weaving the personal, political and philosophical, and their brevity is ideal, making this volume easy to dip in and out of.

Joanne Shiells, Weekly Book Newsletter

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