From Jim Haynes, one of our most successful and prolific Australiana authors, comes a collection of classic Australian stories, yarns and furphies ... all of them unknown.
Things are not always as they seem, or as we've been told. Was the Ghan really named after the Afghan traders, and do we really know what the Ashes are?
From the remote outback and cattle stations to coastal towns, Jim introduces us to the liars and larrikins, the bushies and the stockmen to tell the funniest, the most amazing and the eccentric stories that capture the heart of the Australian spirit.
Tons of great facts, a few good and gripping stories, some parts were hard to listen to just because I did not find them interesting.
Overall, excellent and I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the history that goes unseen from the outside, as well as the real story behind some Aussie "facts". Hard to say if they're absolutely true, but entertaining nonetheless.
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As an American wanting to learn about Australia I was expecting this book to have tips like little known facts. There were a few but for the majority the book turned out to be lots of facts about sports, battles, and poets, subjects not at all of interest to me.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Yes. I was thoroughly enjoying this book until the onset of the Poetry. Also, I feel the book could have focused on some more modern events and stories, too. A mix of eras would have been better and less poetry. However, that is just my preference and poetry lovers/likers may well thoroughly enjoy themselves. I was really getting into the stories up till then. The narration was good though ;)
Fantastic book! Only issue is a lot of poems and nonsense stories at the end. A lot of fascinating people and events I never knew.