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Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia par [Hunt, David]
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Winner, 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia...

In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth 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.

Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of “felony of sock”, and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia’s only military coup.

Our nation’s beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us.

Not to read it would be un-Australian.

Shortlisted, 2014 ABA Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award, 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards.

Girt … cuts an irreverent swath through the facts, fools, fantasies and frauds that made this country what it is today, hoisting sacred cows on their own petards and otherwise sawing the legs off Lady Macquarie’s chair. I was transported.’ —Shane Maloney, the Age Best Books of 2013

Girt is a ripping read… a humorous history that is accessible enough to share with the eight-year-old. Hunt’s writing interests span comedy, politics and history, a happy triumvirate when your subject is Australia.’ —Stephen Romei in the Australian

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all 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 and Australian Book Industry Awards. True Girt, the sequel, was published in 2016, as was a book for children, The Nose Pixies. David has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south.

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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 286 pages
  • Editeur : Black Inc. (24 juillet 2013)
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It is really enjoyable to read a non-sugar coated story about Captain Cook and the other incompetent people who helped to create Australia.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A witty take on Australia's founding years 28 mars 2017
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David Hunt takes the title of his volume on Australian history from the national anthem’s line “our home is ‘girt’ by sea.” This word, Girt, is a bit odd, and the story of Australia he tells is filled with similarly unusual words, characters, and events. This tongue-in-cheek history begins with the first Europeans to see the island and presents mistakes, questionable decisions, hilarious personalities, and poor judgement that led a small convict colony at the ends the earth to develop its own successful rum-based economy and freewheeling society in the 19th century. Hunt presents the foibles of the country’s biggest founding names in a witty narrative and mostly understandable Aussie slang. While we were traveling in Australia it was fun to learn the peculiar stories behind some of the names: Mrs. Macquerie’s design and construction of a hospital without bathrooms now used as NSW parliament, Flinder’s sailing around the island with cat and possible male love interest in tow. As a non-Australian, I think I understood most of the jokes, but some certainly were over my head. The short history of Australia is not particularly compelling on its own, but Girt was a solid read, particularly while we were on location.
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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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 You don't have to care about history or Australia to love this 17 juillet 2017
Par K8 - Publié sur
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Hilarious book, well read. Audiobooks are rarely cheap, so I didn't have great hopes for this one, if I'm being honest, but it surprised me. Quite funny, full of the sort of facts that would've made me enjoy history class, and keeps such a good pace that I could listen for hours. Found it great to drive to, and found myself laughing as I listened. I'm sure it would be enjoyable to read, but the narration of the story (done with different voices to designate when a quote is being read) is an amazing layer that you wouldn't want to miss out on. I didn't realize Australia would be this interesting!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's funny because it's true 23 octobre 2014
Par Montana Skyline - Publié sur
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Hunt prefaces his Introduction with a quote from Homer Simpson: "It's funny because it's true." Both the substance and source of the quote identify the tone of "Girt." Putting it more directly in his Acknowledgements, Hunt says he "wondered whether I could write an Australian history that was both accurate and amusing." Although it is evident that not all readers agree, I think he managed both pretty well. I learned some new things, obtained a better appreciation of some things that I thought I knew, and laughed a lot along the way.

I am not a scholar of Australian history, but have read several serious treatments of the early days covered by this Volume 1 (which roughly concludes with Macquarie's demise in 1824), and Hunt appears scrupulously accurate on the facts. He also adds a good deal not included in standard histories that is not only amusing but sometimes quite telling in its particulars. Of course, what Hunt makes of the facts is another matter. A blurb on the jacket rightly refers to this as "hilarious history." Readers might be forgiven if they occasionally feel awash in puns, clever innuendos and satirical claims. So, probably you should not make this your exclusive source for the history of the persons and period treated! But either as an antidote to drier treatments or simply for a good deal of fun, I am happy to recommend "Girt" --- and I look forward to Volume 2.
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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
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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.
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