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Short-listed for Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2023 (UK); Short-listed for National Book Awards for Non-Fiction 2023 (UK)
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Fire Weather

A True Story from a Hotter World - Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2023-08-10
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*WINNER of the BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION* ***AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER*** 'Astounding on every page. John Vaillant is one of the great poetic chroniclers of the natural world' David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth 'No book feels timelier than John Vaillant's Fire Weather . . . an adrenaline-soaked nightmare that is impossible to put down' Cal Flyn, The Times 'Superb and terrifying . . . it reads with pace and flair and a rich, furious clarity' Katherine Rundell, author of Super-Infinite 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. 'A towering achievement; an immense work of research, reflection and imagination' Robert Macfarlane 'It reads like a thriller . . . I could not put it down' Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature
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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 * 'All-consuming . . . Vaillant's urgent disaster story [is] meticulous in its detail, both human and geological in its scale, and often shocking in its conclusions -- Tim Adams * Observer * Superb and terrifying . . . it reads with pace and flair and a rich, furious clarity -- Katherine Rundell * Guardian * It reads like a thriller. It's a page turner. I could not put it down . . . This is an important book, serious in its focus but utterly compelling in its narrative pace, and it's beautifully written -- Andrea Wulf, author <i>The Invention of Nature</i> Riveting, spellbinding, astounding on every page. John Vaillant is one of the great poetic chroniclers of the natural world, and here he captures the majesty and horror of one of its great disasters - and what made it tragically possible -- David Wallace-Wells Page-turning and pacy -- Paul Nuki * Daily Telegraph * All-too-timely . . . This book is both a real-life thriller and a moment-by-moment account of what happened [in the Fort McMurray fire] - and why, as the climate changes and humans don't, it will continue to happen again and again -- *The 10 Best Books of 2023* * New York Times * Could not be a more timely work . . . Eloquent . . . his powerful book is a must read for anyone interested in our collective future -- Nick Rennison * Daily Mail * What makes Fire Weather so good is its in-depth analysis of the moral, political, environmental and even anthropological background to both the climate crisis and our relationship with fire in all its forms . . . We all need to heed this powerful book -- Mark Cocker * Spectator * Mesmerizing . . . meticulous and meditative -- David Wallace-Wells * New York Times * Provides a refreshingly clear explanation of this hazy, uncanny moment in the earth's history . . . Vaillant is the type of journalist who picks a single narrative and monomaniacally researches it, plunging himself deeper and deeper into the murky details, and then emerges, many years later, with a small universe cupped in his hands . . . by turns heart-racing and horrifying -- Robert Moor * New York Magazine * Riveting . . . Fire Weather is notable for its vivid descriptions of the destructive power of a wildfire so big it creates its own weather . . . Using the drama of the wildfire as a way in, Vaillant gives a damning history of the Canadian oil sands industry and the environmental damage it has wrought on Alberta's forests and waters . . . The book's descriptions of the scale of the industry required to distil something usable from such a material are nearly as astonishing as its renderings of the fire -- James Dinneen * New Scientist * In John Vaillant's vivid anatomy of the apocalyptic Fort McMurray inferno, the histories of humankind's ever-accelerating consumption of fossil fuel, and of our ever-increasing vulnerability to extreme wildfire, converge with the relentlessness of fate - and the urgency of prophecy -- Philip Gourevitch A forensic account of the contradictions and costs of Canada's ill-fated tar sands adventure. Explosive reportage at its best -- Ben Rawlence, author of The Treeline This book is fuelled by Vaillant's genius for storytelling, ignited by intelligence both virtuosic and profound, and burns with the hell of a world on fire -- Jay Griffiths, author of <i>Wild: An Elemental Journey</i> Fire Weather is a compulsively readable journey into our fiery times - by turns a propulsive account of the Fort McMurray Fire burning an oil town to ash; an investigation into the gas-guzzling economic systems that make wildfi

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John Vaillant is the international bestselling author of The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival and The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed. He has written for, among others, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, National Geographic, and the Guardian. He lives in Vancouver.