Chernobyl Book

31 Jul

We have just finished reading a really interesting book.

It was called ‘Radiant Girl’ and the story revolved around the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.


The story starts out just before the accident and continues through to the relocation of the citizens and their adjustment afterwards.

Yes, the book is fictional but it’s liberally dosed with factual content; the content is even footnoted.

Books like these are a great jumping off point into a new topic.

Since starting this book, we’ve watched a number of documentaries about the disaster

and have also started reading the book, “Chernobyl Prayers”, which is full of eyewitness accounts and experiences.


If you have problems with magical content, then ‘Radiant Girl’ might not be for you.

It features, at times, a house elf who is kind of key to the story.

However, we quite liked hearing about the mythology of that part of the world.

The book also includes scenes and discussions about boyfriends, but it’s fairly innocuous stuff.

If you can peel back the bits and bobs you may dislike,

underneath is a fascinating story.

For us, the story has opened up a whole new rabbit trail to follow.

I love when that happens.



Posted by on July 31, 2019 in History, My Library


4 responses to “Chernobyl Book

  1. monikadurand

    July 31, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I still lived in Poland during that time. I remember that we had to drink iodine to protect our thyroid from radiation. People were advised to stay indoors. Crops and livestock was destroyed. As a child I remember looking out the window wondering why I couldn’t see the radiation 🤔

    • Tracey

      July 31, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Wow. I’ll have to tell the boys. They love when we can connect what we’ve learned to someone we know.

      Scary stuff though. We were looking on google maps and checking out the location of the power plant and it’s right beside a river that flows through a lot of places. My goodness. Those poor people.

      • monikadurand

        July 31, 2019 at 11:13 am

        It really is. My father is a gynaecologist and I over heard him telling my mother that he delivered a baby with no face. 😢 he said that it’s head was smooth all the way around like a glass. No eyes, ears, nose etc. I can never get that description out of my mind.

  2. Tracey

    July 31, 2019 at 11:16 am

    We were looking online at pictures of mutations in both animals and people and they were not pretty. So sad.


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