Chloe Hooper, acclaimed author of The Tall Man, turns her focus to the Black Saturday bushfires in The Arsonist. With a lyrical ear and a forensic eye for detail, Chloe takes her readers into the socioeconomically depressed Latrobe Valley and inside the troubled mind of the man who lit two fires on that day in 2009. Chloe sits down with Kristina Olsson to discuss the powerful thriller hailed as “true-crime writing at its best” by The Saturday Paper.


Chloe Hooper (Australian)

Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper's The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island won the Victorian, New South Wales, West Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the John Button Prize for Political Writing, and a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. She is also the author of two novels, A Child’s Book of True Crime and The Engagement. The Arsonist is Chloe's latest work of non-fiction.

Kristina Olsson (Australian)

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her memoir Boy, Lost garnered multiple national awards and her new novel Shell was chosen as the first title in Scribner’s new Australian literary imprint. Kristina’s previous work includes the novel The China Garden and the biography Kilroy Was Here. She also works as a mentor and teacher of creative writing, and is currently working on a new work of narrative non-fiction. She lives in Brisbane.