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The Torrent:
A true story of heroism and survival, 2nd edition


Six years on from Queensland’s tragic ‘inland tsunami’, this new edition of The Torrent reconnects with the survivors at the heart of the catastrophe.

Available. Dispatched 2-3 business days

On 10 January 2011, after weeks of heavy rain and as floodwaters began to overwhelm much of south-east Queensland, a ‘wall of water’ hit Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.

The Torrent tells the extraordinary stories of survival and loss that emerged from that terrible day. Official figures state that twenty-four people died. Many escaped death only because they were rescued by members of the community or through sheer good fortune.

Based on exclusive interviews with survivors, rescuers and with the families and friends of victims of the disaster, The Torrent is a unique and powerful account of human courage in the face of the devastating forces of nature.

In this expanded and updated new edition, Gearing re-interviews the survivors to discover how they are getting on, recounts the traumatic findings of the Grantham inquiry, and captures the enduring and resilient spirit of the communities affected.

Amanda gearing, author of The Torrent: Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, 10 January 2011; and The Torrent: A True Story of Heroism and Survival, 2nd edition
Photo by Jack Lynch

Amanda Gearing

Amanda Gearing is a Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist. She worked for The Courier-Mail from 1997–2007 based in Toowoomba before becoming a freelance print and radio journalist for media outlets including The Australian and ABC Radio National. Amanda completed a Master of Arts (Research) in 2012 and a PhD in global investigative journalism in 2016, both at Queensland University of Technology.