The accident at Chernobyl on April 26th, 1986 is the very button of fashion at the moment, what with the eponymous HBO miniseries. Now, I’d hate for you to think of me as a bandwagon jumper in choosing now to write something about Chernobyl, but rest assured, I was interested in Chernobyl long before the series. Admittedly, this makes me something much worse than a bandwagon jumper — a nuclear accident hipster, the worst kind of hipster — but it does mean that I recently read Adam Higgenbotham’s Midnight in Chernobyl. This is an excellent blow-by-blow account of the disaster…

Mark Parnell

Product designer @Atlassian. Sydney-based pedant and recovering laowai.

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