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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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3.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (9)
  • Informative (7)
  • Well written (5)
  • Page-turner (4)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift (7)
    • Older readers (5)
    • Travel reading (3)
    • Younger readers (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Bookworm (6), Everyday reader (4)

    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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    5.0

    At first amused, then irritated,

    By Kathleen the Survivor.

    from Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia.

    About Me Bookworm

    Verified Buyer

    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

      Best Uses

      • 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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          4.0

          GIRT

          By Granny Annie

          from Sydney

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          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Informative
          • Well Written

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            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading

            An alternative, amusing and often surprising view of Australian history. Graet for diping into. I shall be giving it as a gift for my son and two sons-in-law.

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            5.0

            Wonderful. Laugh a minute.

            By -

            from Heathmont 3135

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            Pros

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

            Cons

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              • Gift
              • Reference

              Never mind this. When is the follow-up coming out.

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              1.0

              A try hard

              By Johnno

              from Brisbane

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Disappointing

                Best Uses

                  I was going to pass it to a friend after I had read it as he loves history, but this just is not up to the mark

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                  4.0

                  Irreverent and entertaining

                  By Long distance commuter

                  from Ballarat

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read
                  • Humorous
                  • Informative

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Younger Readers

                    An easy to read potted history of the discovery and settlement of Australia. Not the book for you if you live for political correctness.

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                    5.0

                    Brilliantly different historical slant!

                    By Chrissie

                    from Central Coast NSW

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                    Pros

                    • Clever
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Funny
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Feel-Good
                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers
                      • Travel Reading

                      Gave it to my husband as a gift - had both read it in a week!

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                      4.0

                      Girt

                      By Guanohack

                      from Sydney

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Read
                      • Informative

                      Cons

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                        • Younger Readers

                        Hilarious slant on history of Australia

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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
                        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.5
                        Weight (kg): 0.4