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Thicker Than Water - Cal Flyn

Paperback Published: 26th April 2016
ISBN: 9781460750506
Number Of Pages: 384

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British journalist Cal Flyn was holidaying in her childhood home in the Highlands of Scotland, when she stumbled upon a dark family secret. To her horror, she discovered that her great-great-great uncle Angus McMillan, who had been mythologized as a great explorer and pioneer of early Australia, was in fact also the leader of a number of gruesome massacres of indigenous people. In 1843, he led a loosely formed 'Highland brigade' which were responsible for a series of assaults so ferocious that the sites would ever after be synonymous with bloodshed: Butchers Creek, Boney Point, Skull Creek, Slaughterhouse Gully.

Driven to piece together his story and to confront her own history, Cal decided to retrace McMillan's journey, looking for answers: How could a man lauded for his generosity and integrity commit such terrible acts? What have been the long-term consequences of his actions for the Gunai people? And has today's generation inherited a responsibility to atone for its ancestors' sins?

THICKER THAN WATER, like THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES, is part family memoir, part travelogue, part history - and an intimate, revealing and fascinating journey into our Australian heritage. A beautifully written, wholly compelling and clear-eyed examination of the burden of intergenerational grief and inherited guilt that we all carry with us.

About the Author

Cal Flyn is a freelance journalist from the Highlands of Scotland. She has been a reporter for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph, and a contributing editor at The Week magazine. She has been published in the New Statesman, The Observer, The Independent, Telegraph Magazine and FT Weekend, and won the 2013 Brandt/Independent on Sunday travel writing prize. THICKER THAN WATER is her first book.

Powerful and thought provoking


Especially relevant if you know the Gippsland area

NSW, Australia


Great interesting read


I have read numerous references on the subject but this is a good summary and discussion of the issues written in a ready form that is attractive to read. Well done.

Port Albert Gippsland


Thicker Than Water

5.0 2


ISBN: 9781460750506
ISBN-10: 1460750500
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 26th April 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.52