The McMillan Diaries

The McMillan Diaries was the recipient of the 2019 AAWP/UWAP Meniscus Chapter One Prize for manuscripts.

It has been acquired by Kith Books for a 2024 release and will be available for preorder later this year.

Its own dedicated website is forthcoming.

“A nitromethane-powered burst of literary maximalism that confronts the problems of history and the multigenerational horror of frontier massacres. Benjamin D. Muir writes from the edge and on the edge, and that’s where you get stuff that matters.”

Michael Winkler, author of Grimmish

“For me, it evokes Rabelais, Swift, Sterne, Borges, Sebald – that delicious feeling that the writer is somehow ‘having a lend of one’, dismantling (and satirizing?) the kind of assurances and conventions that usually support this mode of inquiry.”

Professor Emeritus Michael Meehan, author of
Deception, Below the Styx, and An Ungrateful Instrument

Taking cues from Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The McMillan Diaries tells the story of Western Sydney property developer Samhain McMillan’s last known activities before his widely-publicised disappearance. Heir to a small fortune and a distant descendant of frontier mass murderer Angus McMillan, the infamous entrepreneur’s strange last days have seen widespread media coverage after the diaries found at his last known location were leaked to the public. Canadian academics Jeanette Dawson and Percival Watson share with us the diaries themselves, six additional chapters of analysis, research, supplementary material, emails, oral histories, book extracts and more with the hope of working towards an understanding of McMillan’s disappearance – and the cult following he left behind. Is it a hoax? Foul play? The irate spirits of the dead seeking recompense? All of these? Or something stranger indeed? In the process, they inadvertently discover and document the questionable process of nationalist mythmaking that has underpinned Australian historiography.

What happened to Sam McMillan?