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.
'Extraordinary ... Just when you thought there was nowhere left
to explore, along comes an author with a new category of terrain -
not scenes where man has never trod, but places where he has been
and gone ... Dazzling'
'Exhilarating ... A story of the extraordinary resilience of
life in some of the most desolate, ravaged and polluted landscapes
'Fascinating and brain-energising. It is full of detail and
colour that sends one googling, to look up pictures and find out
more. It is also an optimistic book ... I'll cling to that bit of
'Brave, thorough ... The result is fascinating, eerie and
strange ... There is some thrilling writing here, a fine way with
the telling detail, and a plea for radical revisioning of what we
mean by "nature" and "wild"'
Kathleen Jamie, New Statesman
'Consistently rewarding, eloquently provocative ... a brave
book, in more ways than one'
'Scintillating ... she writes beautifully ... Flyn's research is
meticulous, but what makes the book so extraordinary is the
originality of her thought'
'A thoughtful, fascinating read'
'Brilliant ... Flyn paints vivid pictures ... both clear and
Daily Telegraph, five stars
'Filled with understanding and adventure ... Written with a
beautiful attention to detail and a generous and imaginative frame
of mind. The wonderful and surprising thing is how much reassurance
and sense of possibility comes out of it at every turn'
'Meticulous research, lyrical writing ... It made me think
differently about nature ... A revelation'
Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore
'Cal Flyn takes us on a mercurial expedition into the strange
lands of human surrender ... Thoughtful, careful, fascinating,
poignant, mysterious, surreal, compelling, pace pitch-perfect. I
could go on ... and on'
Keggie Carew, author of Dadland