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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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3.9

(based on 26 reviews)

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85%

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Pros

  • Easy to read (20)
  • Informative (16)
  • Well written (15)
  • Page-turner (11)
  • Deserves multiple readings (10)

Cons

  • Disappointing (4)

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  • Older readers (12)
  • Travel reading (10)
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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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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

A laugh a paragraph..and at one stage nearly wet myself!

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

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    This is the funniest book I have ever read. I loved it so much I bought friends a copy.

     
    5.0

    The funny bone of history

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    from Melbourne, Australia

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    • Easy To Read
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner

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      Couldn't put this down. Rarely has history been so irreverent and entertaining.

       
      5.0

      I loved reading this book- hilarious and engaging!

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      from Melbourne

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      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

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        5.0

        A thoroughly entertaining read.

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        from Nyngan NSW

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        • Easy To Read
        • Informative
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          A new method and view on Australian History that doesn't show up on most other publications

           
          1.0

          Fortunately, now girt less...

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              I was very disappointed in this book. It's not well-written and the humour is forced. I gave up after a chapter.

               
              3.0

              not bad

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              from bomaderry nsw

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              • Easy To Read

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                service was prompt

                 
                1.0

                Give Girt a miss

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                from Sydney Australia

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                  • Disappointing

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                    Gave it to my partner as a gift - he pleaded to be able to stop reading it! Another friend gave up part way through.

                     
                    5.0

                    The funniest Australian history book you will read

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                    from Toowoomba, Qld

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

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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!

                       
                      5.0

                      A refreshingly funny and clever book

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                      Pros

                      • 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. :)

                         
                        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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                          '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): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.2
                          Weight (kg): 0.4
                          Edition Number: 1