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Error Australis - Ben Pobjie

Paperback Published: 1st June 2016
ISBN: 9781925344462
Number Of Pages: 288

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"We’re engrossed with reality TV these days, yet we so often neglect the greatest reality of all: the reality of our nation and how it came to be. In Error Australis, TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie recaps the history of Australia from its humble beginnings as a small patch of rapidly cooling rock to its modern-day status as one of the major powers of the sub-Asian super-Antarctic next-to-Africa region. As thrilling as it is to see Delta Goodrem’s chair turn around, there’s an argument that World War Two was even more exciting and, like any good recapper, Pobjie provides an immediate, visceral sense of what it was like to be there in the moment at our nation’s defining events.

It is only by looking at where we have been that we can understand who we are, what we stand for and why nothing seems to work. Error Australis is a scholarly and hilarious account of a young nation that has spent many years seeking its place in the world, and almost as many years not liking what it has found."

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 has written for the TV shows Reality Check and The Unbelievable Truth. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three children and a rising sense of panic.

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Funny & engaging

5

Pobjie has crafted the ultimate recap of Australian history. While all factually based, the writing is crafted to be very funny. My favourite excerpt is: "The Second Fleet was a fiasco. Like many sequels, they made the fatal mistake of trying to cram in too many new characters: the ships carried over a thousand convicts, which made it difficult to undertake any serious character development. … Some might say the operation went awry at the point when the Crown agreed to pay the fee whether the convicts survived or not. Naturally, [the contracted firm] obeyed the old business maxim 'Don't blow your profit margin on keeping people alive' and, in what experts have called the most predictable outcome of anything to have ever happened, 26 per cent of the convicts on board the fleet died on the way to Australia." Even if you've read other Aussie history books, Error Australis will give you new insight into how Australia came to be.

Sydney

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Funniest history book ever

5

This is a witty and refreshing look at Australia's history - it may not cover absolutely everything, but it isn't supposed to. There really is something to giggle at on every page. I love it. And I'm learning from it at the same time - win win.

Western Australia

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An hilarious look at Australian history

5

It's not often that I pick up a book that has me laughing out loud with every page turn. Highly recommend, especially if you want to read of the English explorers and Australian politicians for what they really are.

Victoria, Australia

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Waste of Reading Time & Money!

1

There is nothing great about this book. Author's reviewer friends must have been biased.

Riverina, NSW, Australia

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Don't judge a book by it's cover, the cover is the best part

1

Not worth any further comment.

NSW

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A very enjoyable book to read

4

I wasn't sure what to expect but had a lot of giggles through this book. Sometimes I thought it was a bit too much but overall a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Karuah

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Very entertaining

4

This book is very funny but also quite informative on Australian history. It's definitely not a reference book, but gives the basics with a good serving of humour. I really enjoyed reading it.

Adelaide

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Entertaining AND Educational!

5

This book is the first I've read that both educates about some of Australia's history, and keeps you laughing while you learn. Very easy to read. You won't find in-depth analyses of important events in Australia's history, but it gives an adequate overview while ensuring you keep reading. Very enjoyable.

Adelaide

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A book that should be on every bookshelf in Australia

5

This is a hilarious take on Australian history. I wish we'd had this book when I was at school, rather than the tedious, if slightly more accurate, texts they inflicted on me. Buy it. It won't change your life, but it will brighten your day.

Adelaide, SA.

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We Australians have much to be proud of in our history. The pioneers, the heroes of Gallipoli who proved that our fledgling country could lose battles as well as any great power of the old world; the sporting legends - Bradman, Fraser, Capper - who stamped us on the world stage; and the great scientific minds and statesmen who in all likelihood also existed ... all these and more can be found in these pages, their tales told, perhaps not for the first time, but in a much less boring manner than previously. - Ben Pobjie

ISBN: 9781925344462
ISBN-10: 1925344460
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 2016
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 23.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1