A gripping behind-the-scenes account of Black Saturday; how it happened and what we've learned
Saturday, 7 February 2009. Truly the worst of days
From dawn, the bush was tinder dry, and hot winds grew and fed off the baked landscape, sucking out every last drop of moisture, whipping sparks from power lines, and stirring up menace and danger.
WORST OF DAYS is the behind-the-scenes story of the people who were inside Black Saturday's most deadly firestorm, the Kilmore blaze. It is a powerful and gripping narrative of disaster and resilience, of men and women and children facing the ultimate stress.
This is the story of what we do at the very worst of times: from the man who braved the flames to help a mate, to another who refused even to cover the face of a dead man, saying, 'No mate, not my job.' It is the story of officials' bungles and best efforts, towns and their heroes, of survivors, saviours and lost souls.
Karen Kissane is an award-winning journalist who works as a senior writer with The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She covered the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires from Kinglake and reported on the hearings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Her previous book was Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage, also published by Hachette Australia.