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Black Saturday is Australia's worst national disaster with 210 dead and others perhaps still missing. Over 1800 homes were destroyed along with hopes and dreams of a peaceful community living in the leafy hills on Melbourne's fringes. Black Saturday is a tale of everday people who, when fate demanded, became heroes. In Kinglake, Peter Thorneycroft stood defiantly in shorts Black Saturday is Australia's worst national disaster with 210 dead and others perhaps still missing. Over 1800 homes were destroyed along with hopes and dreams of a peaceful community living in the leafy hills on Melbourne's fringes. Black Saturday is a tale of everday people who, when fate demanded, became heroes. In Kinglake, Peter Thorneycroft stood defiantly in shorts and thongs hosing down the roof of the local pub where 20 women and children sheltered inside. This book is the personal story of Black Saturday told by those that survived the flames and those who came to their help. It also contains accounts from journalists who covered the fires as well as first-hand tales from those who helped co-ordinate the emergency response.


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Black Saturday is Australia's worst national disaster with 210 dead and others perhaps still missing. Over 1800 homes were destroyed along with hopes and dreams of a peaceful community living in the leafy hills on Melbourne's fringes. Black Saturday is a tale of everday people who, when fate demanded, became heroes. In Kinglake, Peter Thorneycroft stood defiantly in shorts Black Saturday is Australia's worst national disaster with 210 dead and others perhaps still missing. Over 1800 homes were destroyed along with hopes and dreams of a peaceful community living in the leafy hills on Melbourne's fringes. Black Saturday is a tale of everday people who, when fate demanded, became heroes. In Kinglake, Peter Thorneycroft stood defiantly in shorts and thongs hosing down the roof of the local pub where 20 women and children sheltered inside. This book is the personal story of Black Saturday told by those that survived the flames and those who came to their help. It also contains accounts from journalists who covered the fires as well as first-hand tales from those who helped co-ordinate the emergency response.

37 review for Black Saturday: Stories of Love, Loss and Courage from the Victorian Bushfires

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Like many Australians I watched in horror as the events from Black Saturday were revealed. I remember the numb watching of the repeated news, gasping when they interviewed someone new or new statistics came to light. Finally Monday rolled around and when I went to work I discovered something wonderful; the second hand shop I worked in was collecting for the appeal already, and I could do something, however small, to try and help. This book is very raw, with most of the stori seemingly made more g Like many Australians I watched in horror as the events from Black Saturday were revealed. I remember the numb watching of the repeated news, gasping when they interviewed someone new or new statistics came to light. Finally Monday rolled around and when I went to work I discovered something wonderful; the second hand shop I worked in was collecting for the appeal already, and I could do something, however small, to try and help. This book is very raw, with most of the stori seemingly made more genuine by Grammer errors and whatnot. Somehow I always notice them, but here I cannot fault the spirit of the moment tributes and stories. There are women, men and children struggling to tell their stories. It ids extraordinary the way some survived, devastating hearing of those who died. Stories I had buried in my mind from the news that day were here, as well as things I hadn't heard of. I want to end my review with a little thank you to a young boy who gave his favorite truck to the fire appeal. A year and a half after the appeal our charity was called to pick up a number of shipping containers filled with things that never made it. I know one day there six trucks filled just with shoes were turned away, because people were so generous. Amid all the things we sorted that day was a little truck from a boy with a note attached, asking whoever got this toy to take care of it and sorry for the fires. I will always remember that truck, and watched a child buy it a few days later. It never made it to fire devastated Victoria, but the generosity of that boy has not been forgotten.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    A collection of short interviews mostly with survivors and witnesses to the fire. An interesting insight but not a 'written' book as such, just edited so not a smooth read, but worth it for those interested in the subject. A collection of short interviews mostly with survivors and witnesses to the fire. An interesting insight but not a 'written' book as such, just edited so not a smooth read, but worth it for those interested in the subject.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sue-Ellen

    There were stories written in a style that reflects the words and experiences of real life, the everyday person.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane in Australia

    3 Stars = I liked the book. I'm glad I read it. 3 Stars = I liked the book. I'm glad I read it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

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    Maggie

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    Raymond (car fanatic)

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    Donna

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    Lisa

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    Melissa

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    Jacki

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    Bryant

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    Paul Hellard

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    Suzanne Wood

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Watts

    Very emotional reading this

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    Maree Dias

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    Linda

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    Jess

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    Alana

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    Matt Smith

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    Kerry Coltman

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    Bec Linnett

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    Tanya

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    Oscar Bourke

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    Garret

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    Bry

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    Toni B

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    Nichole

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    Simon Chapman

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    KatrinaBedford

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    Shannon

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    Brittany Waugh

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    Deanna

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    Karen

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