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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.
Especially relevant if you know the Gippsland area
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.
Roscoe the tour guide
Port Albert Gippsland
Thicker Than Water
ISBN: 9781460750506 ISBN-10: 1460750500 Audience:
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
Weight (kg): 0.52