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Girt : The Unauthorised History of Australia - David Hunt

Girt

The Unauthorised History of Australia

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Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia...

In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie ... the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.

Mark Twain wrote of Australian history: 'It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies ... but they are all true, they all happened.' In Girt, Hunt uncovers these beautiful lies, recounting the strange and ridiculous episodes that conventional histories ignore. The result is surprising, enlightening - and side-splittingly funny.

Girt explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup, the Dutch obsession with nailing perfectly good kitchenware to posts, and the settlers' fear of Pemulwuy and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamingcoat.

It introduces us to forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the typically Irish crime of 'felony of sock'; Patyegarang, the young Eora girl who co-authored the world's most surprising dictionary; and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

Our nation's beginnings were steeped in the unlikely, the incongruous and the frankly bizarre. Girt restores these stories to their rightful place. Not to read it would be un-Australian.

'Girt will appeal to readers who enjoyed John Birmingham's Leviathan as much as lovers of Chaser-style satire and the humour of John Clarke.' - Books+Publishing



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4.0

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  • Informative (12)
  • Well written (12)
  • Deserves multiple readings (8)
  • Page-turner (7)

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A refreshingly funny and clever book

I love to read out snippets to my (teenage) children as I progress through the book. Horrible Histories for grown ups is the perfect analogy to sum up such a clever and entertaining...Read complete review

I love to read out snippets to my (teenage) children as I progress through the book. Horrible Histories for grown ups is the perfect analogy to sum up such a clever and entertaining book. More please David Hunt. :)

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Buying this book was a dreadful mistake I was looking for a book with a far more intelligent assessment on Australia's historical back ground than this.

Buying this book was a dreadful mistake I was looking for a book with a far more intelligent assessment on Australia's historical back ground than this.

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5.0

The funniest Australian history book you will read

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    If you didn't like history at school, or didn't pay attention, or just enjoy your facts with a dose of humour and a dash if dry wit, get this book. I can't wait for the sequel!

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    5.0

    A refreshingly funny and clever book

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    • Absolutely Riveting
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written
    • Witty And Clever

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers

      I love to read out snippets to my (teenage) children as I progress through the book. Horrible Histories for grown ups is the perfect analogy to sum up such a clever and entertaining book. More please David Hunt. :)

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      4.0

      Laugh out loud

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      from sydney

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      • Easy To Read
      • Well Written

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        I gave this book to a friend for Christmas, having previously read it myself. He, like me, found it a laugh out loud read

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        5.0

        Learn and laugh along the way

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        from Kyogle, NSW

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Informative
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          • for everyone

          Australian history with a chuckle on every page.
          Historical facts without drudgery.

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          4.0

          Laugh out Loud funny

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          • Easy To Read
          • Irreverent

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            to quote from the blurb on the back "not to read it would be un-Australian". Buy two because when you lend it you wont get it back.

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            4.0

            The book 'Girt' to me

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            from NSW Mid North Coast AU

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            • Easy To Read
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              A MOST enjoyable and likeable easy read.

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              Pros

              • Best Historical Satire
              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Informative
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

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                • Older Readers
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                this book was everything that I expected and more.

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                4.0

                My Australia history questions answered

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                from Northbridge NSW

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Well Written

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                  • Whoever Is Interested

                  Now thats a funny , enlightening and disparing read.

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                  5.0

                  At first amused, then irritated,

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                  Pros

                  • Amusingly Droll
                  • Easy To Read
                  • Informative
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                  • Not What I Expected
                  • Style Of Writing

                  Best Uses

                  • History buffs
                  • Older Readers
                  • Younger Readers

                  It was interesting to me that it wasn't the sanitised view of Australia's so called Pioneers. Girt showed that they were petty and flawed just like our present day politicians, movers & shakers,

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                  4.0

                  hilarious look at Oz history.

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                  • Easy To Read
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                    funniest book about Australian history in a long time - should should be required reading for school children.

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                    'A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.' - John Birmingham

                    ISBN: 9781863956116
                    ISBN-10: 1863956115
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 286
                    Published: 24th July 2013
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.5  x 2.2
                    Weight (kg): 23.2
                    Edition Number: 1