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Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia [Format Kindle]

David Hunt

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Winner of the 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction.

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.

"David Hunt knows how to make the most of history’s juicy bits to hook the reader." - The Age

"… fascinating anomalies and anecdotes that never made the pages of Australia’s official history books… surprising, bizarre and often hilarious." - Limelight

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all the books he has written (one).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 286 pages
  • Editeur : Black Inc. (24 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The funniest history you'll ever read. 7 octobre 2013
Par Sydney reader - Publié sur
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You can't help but enjoy David Hunt's irreverent look a the history of Australia from year dot to the end of Macquaire's term as governor. Free of political correctness and everything which made history boring at school, Hunt takes us through the ups and downs of the colony's early years with many a good belly laugh. You'll also find quite a few new interesting facts about our early history as well. Extremely readable and amusing, yet still informative, all history should be like this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I didn't know that dark satire could be both funny and informative 29 juillet 2013
Par Awesomnia - Publié sur
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I finished Girt last night. It's a darkly hilarious and historically accurate satire of Australian history. If Terry Pratchett was a historian, rather than a fantasy author, he'd have produced work like this.

You'd like this if Python, Adams, Pratchett or Bryson are up your thing.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (Kindle Edition) 16 août 2013
Par BurkeyL - Publié sur
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As a lover history I found this recount of the `discovery' of Australia informative and hilarious. The author depicts Aussie icons - warts and all (well syphilis and all). Forget what you thought about the first settlers, you'll never look at Australian history in the same way again - The foot notes had me laugh out loud.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 101 things you didn't know about early Australian history. 4 octobre 2013
Par Brian Ede - Publié sur
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I would rate this a solid 4.

There are some really interesting bits and pieces revealed in this light hearted account of Early post-contact Australia.
Unfortunately I haven't mastered my Kindle sufficiently so as to easily access the footnotes, and this is important.
I doubt whether the author was really looking for balance but given the soporific shallowness of the standard portrait of our early leaders this is a plus.
I look forward to his treatment of later periods but suspect he needs to confine himself to the well and truly dead.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Running outrageous rings around our dry land 14 septembre 2013
Par MarionAn - Publié sur
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What a hoot to uncover the amusing, scandalous and foible-ous social foundations of our great southern land. The only problem was that it ended - as it might be quite a wait until the next instalment of Australian history is crafted. No more "fact" histories that are as dry as eating spoonfuls of Krummies. Hunt's book is like the most welcome breath of sea air, stirring the key characters up in all their tragi-comedy glory. What he could do with Ned Kelly, Nellie Melba or any one or any thing he turned his keyboard fingers to.

Now my problem is to find another book as engaging and enjoyable, as Hunt has spoiled me for other authors, including my previous delight in Bill Bryson. My partner and I each had a purchased ebook copy since we found it hard to share the library's new paper copy, making it fun to compare the outrageous happenings in colonial Australia from our ereaders. And this made us happy since Hunt should get wealthy from providing literary gold.

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