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Ten Years On

Melanie Harris-Brady

A personal account of Black Saturday and the decade that followed

As Melanie Harris-Brady drives through the fire, she has a vision of herself — hair turning to ash, face peeling — and believes she has died. Sometimes it still feels as though her soul is just going through the motions.

The devastating fires in Victoria on Black Saturday, 7 February 2009, destroyed over 2,000 homes and killed 173 people.

Although her daughter was safe with friends that day, Melanie is consumed with guilt over leaving her beloved dog, Max, behind. Mourning the loss of precious things, she recalls her cherished period home and the memories it held.

But life goes on—a dear friend becomes a husband, a new home is built, a son is born. Making jams and chutneys is her therapy, and each year around the 7th of February, friends and family gather: passata is made, wine is drunk.

  out of the ashes, new life grows  



Available from mid December 2018


About the Author

Melanie Harris-Brady is a qualified marketer and Western Herbalist. Gardening, meditating and cooking keep her grounded and helped her to heal after losing everything but her own life and her daughter’s in the devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009 in Victoria. This memoir of that day and her gradual recovery is a story of loss and healing that will inspire and give hope to others. Trauma need not define you, and blessings come in the love and empathy of others.








Book Cover
ISBN: 978-1-925846-46-1
Format: Paperback 203mm x 133mm
Extent: 112pages
RRP: $19.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Australian Non Fiction -- Memoir