First there was Girt. Now comes...True Girt.
In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier.
This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.
True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia's most infamous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks.
Learn how Truganini's death inspired the Martian invasion of Earth. Discover the role of Hall and Oates in the Myall Creek Massacre. And be reminded why you should never ever smoke with the Wild Colonial Boy and Mad Dan Morgan.
David Hunt is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for nonfiction and was short-listed in both the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and Australian Book Industry Awards. David is a comedy writer, historian and children's book author. He has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south.
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Continuing Australian history(since white settlement) , written in the same style as the other book & also very witty. However, in this is included a chilling account of the agonizing demise of the Aboriginal population of Tasmania. This is an Australian history topic completely ignored in our school curriculum of the 1950's & 60's.
I highly recommend these two books.
After years of waiting, the stunning sequel to the book "Girt" - named "True Girt" - has hit the bookshelves and Audible. This book is written and narrated by the larrikin David Hunt - whose writing & narration is hilarious, off-beat, inappropriate, witty and eloquent (usually all at the same time).
As an Australian expatriate, this book makes me think of home. The book exudes Australian culture. If I had to recommend a book to someone who wants to get to know Australian culture, language, humour and history - I would tell them to get this book (+ Girt). I hope that one day this will become necessary reading in Australian classrooms as I am sure it will eventually become a significant piece of our cultural history.
This is more than a funny romp through Australian history. It is comprehensive; it tells the stories of folk from a wide variety of backgrounds, the sad trials and tribulations experienced by the native Aboriginals, who emigrated to the great southern land and why, how cities and towns developed, discusses religious development and even makes an honourable mention of our little cousin to the the east (New Zealand) --- + much much more! This is not a work of apologetics for western civilisation - in fact it exposes the great follies of the Mother Country. Ultimately, this is a book that honours all Australians from all walks of life.
My only concern is that this book is just so Australian, that a non-Australian may not get all the references & lingo immediately - so they should be prepared to take advantage of Google search!
In all, highly recommended. Best book series on Australian history on the market ever. Looking forward to part 3!!
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