Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy by Sophie Cunningham – Book Review


Christmas, December 1974. Cyclone Tracy hits Darwin and destroys the city, killing and injuring a whole lot of people. And that’s about all I knew about it. (To be fair, I wasn’t actually born at this point, it’s not like I was just ignoring the news).

Sophie Cunningham presents the story of Tracy in a manner similar to the cyclone – the events of the cyclone overlap and are traumatic to experience. Then, there is the aftermath; bureaucracy, differing opinions on how to deal with the town and its people and the trauma, still present in many today. If you want to know about this time in Australia’s history, Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy is an excellent book to read.