#Non-fiction Body Count
- Title: Body Count
- Author: Paddy Manning
- Genre: non-fiction (pg 292) (end notes pg 293-323)
- Published: 2020
- Trivia: Shortlist Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2021
- Trivia: Shortlist Walkley Award 2020
- Suddenly, when Australia caught fire,
- …people realized what the government has not:
- that climate change is killing us.
- Prologue: The Black Summer
- Very good introduction (hook) describing the
- story about Dick Lang and his son Clayton.
- trapped in bushfires on Kangaroo Island.
- I’ve added this link to so you can see some
- “before and after” foto’s
- Before and after fotos Kangaroo Island
- Unfortunately the rest of the book
- did not live up to my expectations.
- I hoped to learn much more about the “Black Summer”
- fires in Australia (Dec 2019-Jan 2020).
- Instead Mr Manning has given me his analysis
- of articles (2009 – 2020) found on websites of the
- The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald,
- medical journals, inquiries, inquests
- …and royal commission reports.
- The author highlights topics starting with Black Saturday
- February 7 2009 and continues to describe
- the affect of heat, flood, disease, poor air quality,
- drought and heat waves have on Australians.
- That is a lot to process in just 292 pages.
- Mr Manning is good at giving the
- reader the broad ‘climate challenge’ picture
- but expected more depth about the most current
- disaster Black Summer 2019-2020.
- So my score for this book (2 stars)
- …is purely based on my opinion:
- what I wanted and what I got.
- It’s hard to dislike this book because
- it is an important topic:
- how climate change is injuring human health,
- …but in my case it is even harder to defend it.