The whole world held its breath as 2020 dawned and Australia was on fire.
In When The Smoke Clears, fire survivor and author Chrissy Guinery presents the human face behind the shocking figures of destruction and loss, through first-hand accounts of the day to day struggle to breathe, to believe, to love – under a pall of smoke and in the path of fire.
‘My middle-daughter’s house is burning down and I’ve lost contact with my eldest daughter as the fire front threatens her home. It’s the last day of 2019 and it feels like the end of the world.’ So begins this fast-paced, personal and grassroots account of living through a torturous fire season and finding a way to push through to recovery.
And while the eyewitness accounts of being caught in a bushfire emergency are remarkable, so too are the insights, advice and lessons learned about what it will take to recover, including from a range of experts.
It’s the story of survival that represents the experience of thousands of Australians from the 2019-2020 bushfire season, right through to the impact of the coronavirus. And it also begins to answer the question – how do you live, laugh and hope again after your family has been threatened, homes lost, children terrified and the countryside blackened.
When The Smoke Clears is essential reading for anyone in the world who grieved for Australia as it burned, and for anyone at anytime who is wondering where they will find the strength to go on.
A PERCENTAGE OF EVERY BOOK SOLD WILL GO TOWARDS BUSHFIRE RECOVERY ON THE NSW SOUTH COAST OF AUSTRALIA.