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Girt

David Hunt


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    $30.34
PUBLISHED: 24th July 2013
ISBN: 9781863956116
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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.
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  • Paperback
    $30.34
PUBLISHED: 24th July 2013
ISBN: 9781863956116
ANNOTATION:
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.

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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.

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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.

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Review

'A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.' - John Birmingham

Product Details

Author
David Hunt
Publisher
Black Inc.
Year
2013
ISBN-10
1863956115
ISBN-13
9781863956116
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2013-07-24
Subtitle
The Unauthorised History of Australia
Pages
286
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Short Title
GIRT
Language
English
Media
Book
Country of Publication
Australia

Product Reviews

25 Mar, 2018
At last the more or less facts about why and how Australia came to be is revealed i,n a most enlghtening and entertaining manner!
By Mr I
03 Aug, 2017
Unbelievable story, so well written
By Robyn C