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Girt : The Unauthorised History of Australia - David Hunt

Girt

The Unauthorised History of Australia

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John Purcell: I am reading Girt now. Great fun, and I'm learning a great deal as well. The best of both worlds really - history with a comic twist (Horrible Histories for grown-ups).

Book Description

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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3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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88%

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Pros

  • Easy to read (14)
  • Informative (10)
  • Well written (10)
  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Page-turner (5)

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    • Gift (10)
    • Older readers (8)
    • Travel reading (6)
    • Younger readers (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    At first amused, then irritated,

    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,

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Girt

    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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    4.0

    Laugh out loud

    By Ann the aussie

    from sydney

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Travel Reading

      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

      By Joanie

      from Kyogle, NSW

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • for everyone

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

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        4.0

        Laugh out Loud funny

        By p4peter

        from Sydney

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        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Irreverent

        Cons

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          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          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

          By Roseven the Reader

          from NSW Mid North Coast AU

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          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Informative
          • Well Written

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            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading

            A MOST enjoyable and likeable easy read.

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            4.0

            Girt

            By Girt buy and See

            from Adelaide

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Older Readers
              • Reference
              • Younger Readers

              this book was everything that I expected and more.

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              4.0

              My Australia history questions answered

              By YIFTO

              from Northbridge NSW

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Well Written

              Cons

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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,

                By Kathleen the Survivor.

                from Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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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.

                By cricketty

                from adelaide.

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Page-Turner

                Cons

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                  • Gift
                  • Older Readers
                  • Travel Reading

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

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                  4.0

                  Girt

                  By Sandra

                  from Queensland

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read
                  • Informative
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Very funny
                  • Very Funny - And Sustaine
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

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                    • Gift

                    Interesting and little known facts.

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                    4.0

                    Girt

                    By Sam the dog

                    from Brisbane

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                    Pros

                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Informative
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers

                      This book is a great read and would make ideal holiday reading for an adult interested, even a little bit, in Australian history. Written in a very entertaining style. Occasional Laugh Out Loud moments.

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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
                      Publisher: Black Inc.
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.2
                      Weight (kg): 23.3
                      Edition Number: 1