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A Future in Flames
A Future in Flames

A Future in Flames


312 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $27.00 (US $27.00) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: July 2010

ISBN 9780522857238

Rights: US & CA

Melbourne University Press (Jul 2010)

Price: $27.00


This well-informed and deeply personal account analyzes bushfires from various angles and examines the possibility of limiting their disastrous effects. With fires being a constant and ongoing part of Australian history, ecology, and culture, this study shows that, despite repeated disasters throughout the last two centuries, surviving bushfires today has become no easier than during the first European settlements. With rigorous factual research, this record outlines Australia’s significant fires and discusses the aftermath of each. Topics also include climate change, arson, fire behavior, firefighting strategies, and the psychology of survival.


"Clode's finely researched work has several strengths but of particular appeal is her preparedness to develop a vibrant thesis." —Weekend Australian

"Though she looks at the voyages with the eye of a scientist, Clode also has the eye of a storyteller and shows great writing skill bringing the episodes to life through scene-setting and dialogue." —Herald Sun

"As readers have come to expect of the Miegunyah Press, the production values are very high and entirely appropriate to the subject matter." —Canberra Times

"If there ever was a book for its time, it is A Future in Flames . . . [Victorians] would all be a lot safer if there was a well-thumbed copy of this superb volume in their homes." —Age

"A discomforting but hugely important book that deserves to be widely read." —Courier Mail

"This book identifies and summarises some of the key arguments surrounding contemporary bushfire management issues." —Readings Web Review

"The beauty of this book is that it provides sensible information and blames nobody." —Sunday Age

Author Biography

Danielle Clode is a psychologist, an ecologist, and a writer. She is the author of Voyages to the South Seas, which won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for nonfiction.