Girt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia by David HuntGirt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia by David Hunt

Girt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia

byDavid Hunt

Paperback | July 24, 2013

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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.

About the author: David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes for all the books he has written (one). He has worked as an historical consultant and comedy writer for television, and also has a proper job.

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

"Hilarious and insightful -- Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history."
Chris Taylor, The Chaser

Title:Girt: The Unauthorised History Of AustraliaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:July 24, 2013Publisher:Schwartz PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1863956115

ISBN - 13:9781863956116

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and entertaining Give it a read - you'll learn a lot about what makes this greatcountry of ours tick in the begining and you'll have a good laugh too!
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girt enjoyable read Very enjoyable read
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amusing angle to Australian history Truth is often stranger and more amusing than fiction, Australia case in point. Girt kept me awake in awe and amusement, history class never seemed to.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mr A fine light hearted aussie history. The smart alecky footnotes get tiring after a while but it is a great way to get a sense of this period and an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mr A great read. The way history should be written. If my History classes were more like this book, I might have stayed awake! uncensored truth and humour. I cant wait for his next book
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable A good easy read - but not a guilty pleasure as there is some decent history in there alongside what is essentially a roast of all the major characters of early colonial history
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girt. Loved it,cleverly written a real rib tickler.
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girt Interesting descriptions of famous people and relationships. How did we survive-
Date published: 2013-12-13