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November 24, 2021


#NonFicNov 2021 week 4

by N@ncy

Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks: This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that *almost* don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders in our world—basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight it for this week’s topic.


My choice are: 


Atomic Thunder by Elizabeth Tynan (2018)



  1. Between 1956 and 1963, the United Kingdom conducted
  2. seven nuclear tests at the Maralinga site in South Australia,
  3. The atomic weapons test series wreaked havoc on Indigenous communities.
  4. It  turned the land into a radioactive wasteland.
  5. In 1950 Australian PM  Robert Menzies agreed to atomic tests
  6. …and left the public completely in the dark.
  7. It is the uncovering of the extensive secrecy around the British tests in Australia
  8. ….and many years after the British had departed, leaving an unholy mess behind.
  9. Elizabeth Tynan has brought together a vast array of detail in this book
  10. that just made my jaw drop!
  11. #MustRead nonfiction
  12. REVIEW




Book nr 2:

Adani:   Following Its Dirty Footprint   by Lindsay Simpson


  1. Another JAW-DROPPING  non-fiction book
  2. that is SO  relevant today thinking about COP26 and
  3. the dangers of climate change.
  4. Absolutely disgusting….what is happening in Australia!
  5. Adani’s license to mine 60 million tonnes of coal for 60 years
  6. threatens Australia’s precious ancient source of groundwater
  7. …in the Galillee Basin, a vast underground water reservoir,
  8. part of the Great Artesian Basin, occupying more than 20% of Australia.



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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 24 2021

    Sad that your 2 choices are about terrible and deliberate degradation of our environment. Our governments are so focused on making money and allowing others to make money at any cost, and nothing seems to make them change.


    • Nov 25 2021

      I find there are some terrific NF book writers in Australia!
      Women wirters that don’t get enough “attention” …M. Wilkinson, L. Milligan, Zoe Holman.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Our environmental track record is unbelievable, and they never learn just make things worse!
    Thanks for sharing your recommendations


  3. Nov 26 2021

    Adding Atomic Thunder to my TBR thanks to your excellent review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nov 26 2021

      Thanks for your comment, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Nov 30 2021

    As an American I am not shocked at all that you had nuclear testing done without anyone’s knowledge but I am a bit shocked that it has happened to your country as well. And by Britain!


    • Nov 30 2021

      ….correction, Australia is not my country!


      • Dec 1 2021

        Whoops! Thank you for the clarification. I’m not even sure why I thought that!


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