Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 288 pages
Author: D. Hunt
Year: 2019
ISBN: 9781863956116
Other: sketches, index
Publisher: Black Inc Press

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.

1. For those who've come across the seas
2. The unoriginal non-inhabitants
3. Rum, Botany and the Lash
4. On our Selection
5. A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villany
6. Rotten to the Corps
7. A Dish Best Served Cold
8. I Still Call Australia New Holland
9. The Great Economiser
10. I think I'll Call it Macquarie

'If there's a better book on Australian history, it's won't be as funny' - Graeme Simsion, author of 'The Rose Project'

'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

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

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