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Aussie Aussie Aussie : Questionable Histories of Great Australians - Ben Pobjie

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Questionable Histories of Great Australians

Paperback Published: 25th July 2017
ISBN: 9781925475685
Number Of Pages: 288

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Aussie Aussie Aussie celebrates the Australians who made Australia great, as well as the ones who stopped Australia from being as great as it could have been but who have ended up with their own Wikipedia pages anyway. TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie recaps the history of Australia from its humble beginnings as a colonial outpost to its modern-day status as a Commonwealth realm, where its people have the right to discuss and reject the idea of an actual Australian ever becoming head of state.

Like any good historian, Pobjie provides an intimate sense of what it was like to be there in the moment at our nation's defining events, and with the people who made them happen.

Meet Pioneers such as Charles Kingsford-Smith and Howard Florey, whose groundbreaking efforts moved the country forward; Artists and Entertainers such as Joan Sutherland and Peter Allen, who left an indelible imprint on our national psyche despite, in practical terms, doing nothing of real value; Captains of Industry such as Kerry Packer and Gina Rinehart, who shaped Australia's love affair with people who are amassing phenomenal quantities of personal wealth; Sporting Heroes such as Cathy Freeman and Don Bradman, who, by being elite athletes, helped define every other Australian as just ordinary; The Mavericks such as Chopper Read and Julian Assange, who crossed the line to show the rest of us where the line clearly was; the Lest we Forgetters such as Weary Dunlop and Albert Jacka, who occasionally made us feel like we mattered at all to anyone; and the Humanitarians who found fame by dedicating their lives to others, such as Fred Hollows and Tony Abbott.

Aussie Aussie Aussie is the book for any proud Australian seeking to learn more about the national heroes that make our own pathetic lives seem so insignificant.

About the Author

Ben Pobjie studied history at the University of Western Sydney before his lust for glamour led him to comedy writing. He is known for his TV columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and political satire for New Matilda, Crikey and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Superchef and The Book of Bloke and 2016's Error Australis. He has written for the TV shows Reality Check and The Unbelievable Truth. Ben lives in Melbourne with his wife, three children and a rising sense of panic.


Funny and educational


Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. As well as being interesting and informative it was very funny - also showed that we aren't taught nearly enough about famous Australians in school.

Sydney, NSW




The author really puts Australia down in his work. Can't recommend this for anyone. Shame on the author.

Los Angeles


Intelligent, informative, hilarious


When comedians cross over into writing, it doesn't always work. Rod Quantock's and Wil Anderson's books read as a series of disjointed skits without depth or continuity, leaving this stand-up fan profoundly dissatisfied. (Which isn't to say they aren't both flipping brilliant on stage, because they are, they just need heavy structural editing and guidance and by the way please publishing powers that be never let Ross Noble try to write a novel, because that would open portals into alternative universes where people have bums for faces and just no, but I digress). Ben Pobjie in contrast is primarily a writer who crossed over into comedy. He is insanely intelligent, has a depth and breadth of knowledge that is unusual outside academia, and knows enough about the structure and rhythm of a sentence to muck with expectations for a laugh. Basically, it's really, really, really good and you should go buy it and read it, then buy it for your friends. Oh and by the way, profanity filter on this review? Seriously?





Enjoyed it a lot! Annoyed my girlfriend by constantly wanting to read bits aloud to her.



Love Ben - love this


If you want a good laugh and want to learn a bit of history - this one's for you.



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ISBN: 9781925475685
ISBN-10: 1925475689
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th July 2017
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1