Our House is on Fire

Our House is on Fire : Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis

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The profoundly moving story of how love, courage and determination brought Greta Thunberg's family back from the brink

'Urgent, lucid, courageous ... a must-read message of hope ... It is a glimpse of a saner world' David Mitchell, Guardian

This is the story of a happy family whose life suddenly fell apart, never to be the same again. Of two devoted parents plunged into a waking nightmare as their eleven-year-old daughter Greta stopped speaking and eating, and her younger sister struggled to cope.

They desperately searched for answers, and began to see how their children's suffering reached far beyond medical diagnoses. This crisis was not theirs alone: they were burned-out people on a burned-out planet. And so they decided to act.

Our House is on Fire shows how, amid forces that tried to silence them, one family found ways to strengthen, heal, and gain courage from the love they had for each other - and for the living world. It is a parable of hope and determination in an emergency that affects us all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 29mm | 407g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241446732
  • 9780241446737
  • 137,097

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I felt a tremendous neurological kinship with Greta and a commonality of purpose * Chris Packham * This book is remarkable for its honesty and courage * Simon Baron-Cohen * An intimate personal story and a call to action. Its message is hard to ignore. . . . This book will hit moms hardest . . I wanted to hug Malena so many times over the course of this book. . . . This family is telling it like it is. We might not want to hear it, but that doesn't mean it isn't happening * Washington Post * A remarkable story of togetherness: a modern family shifting and pivoting to keep each person afloat . . . Grown-ups should read this book * New Republic * Fascinating ... a book about finding purpose as a route to recovery * The Sunday Times * Laudably frank... surprisingly funny and optimistic ... Thunberg and her family believe that we have the power to put the fire out if we act, right here, right now * Daily Telegraph * A cry ... a written testimony of the harbinger of disaster that is advancing towards us. The family's cry, the anxiety of each child, each adult, has a deeper meaning ... The very crisis of this family is, in reality, proof of their foresight and intelligence -- Sverker Sorlin * Dagens Nyheter * Startlingly profound insights into the life of a family -- Steffen Trumpf * DPA * By turns a moving and challenging book -- Arno Widmann * Berliner Zeitung * A touching, extraordinary story -- Alexandra von Poschinger * Passauer Neue Presse * In Scenes from the Heart the Thunberg / Ernman family process their shattering walk through hell in a readable way and with impressive openness -- Eva Stegen * The Friday * A must-read ecological message of hope - everyone with an interest in the future of this planet should read this book -- David Mitchell * Guardian * An extraordinary account of how one family rose, with unshakable moral clarity, to the tremendous responsibility of being alive at the moment when our immediate collective decisions will determine the fate of life on Earth. They share their story of courage not because they want our accolades, but because they demand our company. Greta Thunberg has already inspired a global moment - this book is part of how we will win -- Naomi Klein
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About Malena Ernman

Greta, Beata, Malena and Svante are campaigners for the climate.
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