As an Australian school student, I studied a little bit about the Myall Creek Massacre, but this book bought the incident to life for me.
It’s very well researched with fantastically supported, trackable quotes (which the historian in me loved) yet still brings not just the main characters to life but the entire colony. It shows both sides of the conflict with sympathy and facts, not just rhetoric. This isn’t a revisionist version of history, it’s a balanced view of history fully documented and supported by attributed primary source information, something that is often missing in these types of historical accounts.
As a reader, I came away feeling awestruck by the writing and history talents of Terry Smyth, and sorrowful for all involved in the events. As a result of reading this book, I will be searching out any other work by Terry Smyth and would definately recommend all Australian students read this. Any lovers of Australian history should go buy this book immediately. Any writers who which to write history should study this book to learn how well researched, documented and balanced history can still be fascinating, engaging and show character development.