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Girt  : The Unauthorised History of Australia - David Hunt

Girt

The Unauthorised History of Australia

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Published: 24th July 2013
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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

Winner, 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction; Shortlisted, 2014 ABA Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award; Shortlisted, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards; Shortlisted, General Non-Fiction Prize at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards.

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About the Author

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all of the books he has written. David is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia which won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was shortlisted in both the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. True Girt, the sequel, will be published in November 2016. David is a historian, comedy writer and children's book author. He has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south.

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A fantastic follow up to GIRT

5

A fitting follow up to GIRT and just as hilarious along with some fascinating and sometimes scary background. Highly recommended

Waterview Heights, NSW Australia

An easy, trouble-free purchase and a worthwhile read

5

I am frequently placed in situations where I have to remain immobile, waiting for something-or-other. This volume helps the time pass. Additionally, the online purchasing procedure was painless and quick.

Capertee Valley, Central Tablelands NSW

Good

5

Good

Perth, W.A.

Haha, a fun read

5

this was such a good read, had me laughing out loud.

Canberra, ACT Australia

hilarious history

5

this book writes about all the quirky human traits that serious historians don't write about, which makes our national story so much more interesting and endearing, and appalling.

kangaroo island

Hilarious and informative

4

I leant alot in a fun way! Made history very engaging and written in a real aussie way.

Adelaide

true

Very disappointing.

1

Contrived humour, vulgar, irritating

NSW Australia

false

Good

5

Good

Perth,W.A.

true

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

5

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

Sydney

true

The funny bone of history

5

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

Melbourne, Australia

true

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82.8

'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): 0.38
Edition Number: 1