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Top 40 Book Club : 2012
38 KInGLAKE-350 AdRIAN HylANd Kinglake was the town at the epicentre of the 2009 Black Saturday Victorian bushfires. Hyland tells the story of Sergeant Roger Wood, the only officer on duty, when the fire hit Kinglake. In the midst of one of Australia’s worst disasters, Sgt Wood had to deal with ensuring the safety of the town, losing contact with his wife as the fire hit his own property and numerous incidents that occurred that day. Hyland’s decision to look at a state-wide disaster from the point of view of an on-the- ground officer shows the true terror and helplessness the community had to go through. There is much to discuss in Kinglake-350 and is a must-read for all Australians.