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Australia's Funniest Yarns : Traditional Humour From the Bush and the Outback - Graham Seal

Australia's Funniest Yarns

Traditional Humour From the Bush and the Outback

Paperback Published: 3rd December 2019
ISBN: 9781760528454
Number Of Pages: 352

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Whatever the circumstances, Australians have always found something to laugh about, laugh at or laugh off. Graham Seal has been gathering traditional stories from country towns and the outback for decades, and here he compiles the very funniest stories he has encountered.

Australians traditionally like their humour irreverent, crude and with very sharp teeth.

Perhaps you've heard of the vicious drop bears that fall on unsuspecting tourists as they walk through the bush? Or the hoop snakes that put their tails in their mouths as they roll down the hill towards you? Or how about the Citizenship Test for Aspiring Australians which begins with this question about an essential life skill: 'How many slabs can you fit in the back of a Falcon ute while also allowing room for your cattle dog?'

The bush is the source of traditional Aussie humour. Pioneering, settlement and battling fire, flood and drought have produced yarns of tough cocky farmers, shearers, bush workers, swaggies and dreadful cooks. Much of this humour relates to the resilience and fortitude necessary to endure the realities of rural life. Australians took this sensibility with them to war and to work in the cities, and the tradition continues today.

Whatever the circumstances, Australians have always found something to laugh about, laugh at or laugh off.

Industry Reviews

'Graham Seal writes ripper, fair dinkum, true-blue Aussie yarns.'
The Weekly Times

'Graham Seal has the knack of the storyteller.'
Warren Fahey AM

Introduction: An edge like a chainsaw

Part 1: Bull

Part 2: Characters

Part 3: Hard Cases

Part 4:Diggerosities

Part 5: Working for a Laugh

Part 6: A Swag of Laughs

Part 7: The Laws of Life

Part 8: Moments like these...

Acknowledgements

Notes

Photo Credits

ISBN: 9781760528454
ISBN-10: 1760528455
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 3rd December 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.44

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Graham Seal

About the Author


Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on traditional Australian culture.

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