Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Hamish Hamilton an imprint of Penguin Random House

About the book

The arsonist—a mind on fire by Chloe Hooper.

On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. A powerful real-life thriller written with lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.