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

John Vaillant

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Reportage & collected journalism, Climate change, Natural disasters, Social impact of environmental issues

A page-turning account of a brutal urban wildfire, and a sweeping exploration of our rapidly changing relationship with fire


* A Pulitzer Prize Finalist * A National Book Award Finalist * A Writers' Trust Award Finalist *

*Longlisted for the Wainwright Conservation Prize 2024*

'No book feels timelier than John Vaillant's Fire Weather . . . an adrenaline-soaked nightmare that is impossible to put down' Cal Flyn, The Times

In May 2016, a Canadian oil town was overrun by wildfire, turning entire neighbourhoods into firebombs and driving 90,000 people from their homes.

Through the gripping story of this apocalyptic conflagration, John Vaillant explores our relationship with fire, an energy source that has been our partner in evolution for hundreds of millennia, shaping our culture and civilization. Now, in our age of intensifying climate change, its destructive power has been unleashed in ways previously unimaginable.

Fire Weather is an astounding account of this century's most intense urban fire, and an urgent examination of humanity's future in an ever-hotter, more flammable world.

'A towering achievement; an immense work of research, reflection and imagination' Robert Macfarlane

'Astounding on every page. John Vaillant is one of the great poetic chroniclers of the natural world' David Wallace-Wells

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

  • Superb and terrifying . . . it reads with pace and flair and a rich, furious clarity - Guardian

  • Riveting . . . vivid . . . astonishing - New Scientist

  • Page-turning and pacy - Daily Telegraph

  • All-consuming . . . urgent . . . shocking - Observer

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John Vaillant

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.

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