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Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis
Malena and Beata Ernman, and Svante and Greta Thunberg
Allen Lane / Softcover / Aug 2020
9780241446744 (ISBN-10: 0241446740)
Ecology and Environment
price: $24.99 (may be subject to change)
288 pages
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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.


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

A must-read ecological message of hope - everyone with an interest in the future of this planet should read this book-David Mitchell, Guardian

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 touching, extraordinary story-Alexandra von Poschinger, Passauer Neue Presse

By turns a moving and challenging book-Arno Widmann, Berliner Zeitung

Startlingly profound insights into the life of a family-Steffen Trumpf, DPA

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

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

Fascinating ... a book about finding purpose as a route to recovery-The Sunday Times

A remarkable story of togetherness: a modern family shifting and pivoting to keep each person afloat . . . Grown-ups should read this book-New Republic

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

This book is remarkable for its honesty and courage-Simon Baron-Cohen

I felt a tremendous neurological kinship with Greta and a commonality of purpose-Chris Packham

About the Authors:

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

Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018, she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament that has since spread all over the world and now involves over 1 million schoolchildren. The movement is now called Fridays For Future. Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies across Europe. In December she attended the United Nations COP24 in Katowice, Poland, where she addressed the Secretary-General and made a speech that was shared many million times around the globe. In January 2019 she was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos where her speeches again made a worldwide impact. She has won the prestigious Prix Liberté and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg is vegan, and doesn't fly, in order to live a low-carbon life.

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