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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)

Fire Weather

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

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***AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER*** 'No book feels timelier than John Vaillant's Fire Weather . . . an adrenaline-soaked nightmare that is impossible to put down' Cal Flyn, The Times 'Astounding on every page. John Vaillant is one of the great poetic chroniclers of the natural world' David Wallace-Wells 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
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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 * A towering achievement; an immense work of research, reflection and imagination that will, I believe, come to be seen as a landmark in non-fiction reportage on the Anthropocene, or what Vaillant here calls 'the Petrocene' - that epoch defined primarily by humanly enhanced combustion. Vaillant manages both to particularize and allegorize the Fort McMurray mega-fire of 2016; it becomes utterly, devastatingly itself, and also the convergence point of vast historical stories, from extractive colonialism to the shifting ecology of the boreal forest. The oil town at this book's heart is shown to be both perpetrator and victim of the 'new kind of fire' that overwhelms it. Fire Weather is extraordinary in terms of its scope and range; it also sings and surprises at the level of the sentence. It grips like a philosophical thriller, warns like a beacon, and shocks to the core -- Robert Macfarlane 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 * Few books on climate change have so viscerally captured the destruction we've wrought . . . This is all captivating, terrifying stuff, especially through Vaillant's excellent storytelling . . . You almost feel as if the paroxysmal blazes will burn to the last page -- John Washington * New York Review of Books * 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 i

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John Vaillant is a bestselling author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, National Geographic, and the Guardian, among others. His first book, The Golden Spruce, won the Canadian Governor General's Award for non-fiction. His second, The Tiger, was an international bestseller and was translated into sixteen languages, and The Jaguar's Children, his first work of fiction, was a finalist for the Canadian Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His most recent book, Fire Weather, won the Baillie Gifford Prize and Canada's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, and was a finalist the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.