‘Who would become an arsonist?’: Chloe Hooper on Black Saturday and the nuances of blame

The Tall Man author says her new book is not a polemic on climate change but a portrait of the ‘monster in our imagination’

Chloe Hooper was at her partner’s bush block in Woodend, central Victoria, when the 2009 Black Saturday fires tore through.

“I do remember the day felt apocalyptic. There was something like 400 fires around the state. If the wind had blown differently, we would have been in trouble,” she says, almost 10 years on.

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