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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

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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3.9

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  • Easy to read (23)
  • Informative (19)
  • Well written (18)
  • Page-turner (14)
  • Deserves multiple readings (12)

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  • Disappointing (5)
  • Not what I expected (3)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

hilarious history

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

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    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.

     
    4.0

    Hilarious and informative

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    from Adelaide

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    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
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      I leant alot in a fun way! Made history very engaging and written in a real aussie way.

       
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      Very disappointing.

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        Contrived humour, vulgar, irritating

         
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          5.0

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

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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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              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
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                5.0

                A thoroughly entertaining read.

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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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                        '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