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Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1863956115
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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 "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

True Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Schwartz Publishing Pty. Ltd.
ISBN: 1863958843
Size: 36.98 MB
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The Nose Pixies

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 146070598X
Size: 36.40 MB
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The hilarious debut picture book from the award-winning and bestselling author of GIRT. This is a book with a grossness that kids will love, and with a message that parents will adore. The wickedly funny, deliciously clever picture book debut from David Hunt (GIRT) with illustrations by award-winning artist Lucia Masciullo (THE BOY AND THE TOY). Oliver has a bad habit. A very bad habit. He just can't keep his fingers out of his nose, which is a big problem for the tiny pixies who mine his 'nose gold' to keep their cities running. The Nose Pixies return to their kingdom with empty handkerchiefs night after night. And unless their luck changes, they'll be out of a job ... or worse! Ages 4-8 PRAISE 'Kids will love all the disgusting things in this truly imaginative book' Four-star review, Books+Publishing

The United States Of Australia

Author: Cameron Jamieson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781508443766
Size: 25.49 MB
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The United States of Australia is a hilarious and educational introduction to Australia and its quirky inhabitants. Written for Americans, but equally amusing to anyone visiting the shores of the Great Southern Land, this book examines the relationship between Australia and the U.S., including how Australians view their American cousins. Topics include Blokes and Sheilas, Bloody Foster's, Dangerous Creatures, Talking to Dogs, The GAFA, Speaking Strail-yun and Working for the Queen. Confused? You won't be after reading this book!

Girt By Dirt

Author: Phillip Butters
ISBN: 9781520265377
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Girt by Dirt: An Australian Adventure will take you on a light-hearted and informative 35,000-kilometre journey around Australia. It follows the travels of two mates from Sydney, Australia, Phil and Glen, who spent five months on a trip of a lifetime in a four-wheel-drive. The trip started in Sydney and followed a clockwise route around the country. While a lot of thought went into the general route, most of our planning was on the fly, depending on advice from fellow travelers, last minute research, local knowledge or just how we felt at the time. We didn't go too far off the beaten track, and mixed up accommodation with camping, on-site vans and budget accommodation. Coverage of the country is comprehensive, with a humorous balance of personal experiences, geographical and sociological interpretation, and historical insights. It will appeal to the armchair traveler, the travel professional or anyone considering or planning a trip to regional Australia.I hope this inspires you to see more of this amazing and diverse country, or at least teaches you a little about it, with a few laughs on the way.

Error Australis

Author: Ben Pobjie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1925344789
Size: 37.88 MB
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We’re obsessed with reality television these days yet we so often neglect the greatest reality of all: the reality of our nation, and how it came to be. In Error Australis, TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie recaps the history of Australia from its humble beginnings as a small patch of rapidly cooling rock, to its modern-day status as one of the major powers of the sub-Asian super-Antarctic next-to-Africa region. Pobjie recognises that history can be as gripping as any reality show – as thrilling as it is to see Delta Goodrem’s chair turn around, there is an argument that the Second World War was even more exciting – and like any good recapper, he provides an immediate, visceral sense of what it was like to be there in the moment at our nation’s defining events. All historians know that it is only by looking at where we have been that we can understand who we are, what we stand for, and why nothing seems to work. Error Australis is a scholastic and side-splittingly funny account of a young nation that has spent many years seeking its place in the world, and almost as many years not liking what it has found.

Ghost Empire

Author: Richard Fidler
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 1460706919
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'A brilliant reconstruction of the saga of power, glory, invasion and decay that is the one-thousand year story of Constantinople. A truly marvellous book.' - Simon Winchester In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilisations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son. GHOST EMPIRE is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.


Author: Philippa Sandall
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615194371
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A cat's-eye view of maritime history We remember the bold seafarers of yore--from Magellan to Shackleton--for their extraordinary exploits: new lands discovered, storms weathered, and battles won. But somehow history has neglected the stalwart, hardworking species who made it all possible . . . yes, the noble cat! In Seafurrers, able sea cat Bart sets the record straight at last. "Fear of water" aside, cats were indispensable at sea--both as pest controllers and as beloved mascots. Thirty-eight tales recount the adventures of Trim (who circumnavigated Australia), Tom (the sole feline survivor of the sinking of the USS Maine), celebrity cat Simon (a veteran of the Yangtze Incident), and other furry heroes. Filled with nautical trivia, rare photographs, and whimsical illustrations, this deft genealogy of human-feline friendship will stir your regard for the incomparable cat--whether on the couch or in the crow's nest!

Buckley S Chance

Author: Bob Stevens
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1785384147
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Biography of well known Australian agricultural pilot Ben Buckley of Benambra Victoria Australia who has plied his trade in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Sudan. Ben has gained notoriety in Australia over the years by contravening aviation laws for what he states as having fun. He has incurred financial penalties for doing things his way and even cancellation of his flying license. Several severely injured adults and children have Ben Buckley to thank for flying them to urgent medical treatment in often foul weather. A shire councillor for more than 25 years, Ben Buckley is dedicted to serving his fellow man. Countless Australians take joy in stating," I had my first flight with Ben Buckley."

The Shipwreck Hunter A Lifetime Of Extraordinary Discoveries On The Ocean Floor

Author: David L. Mearns
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681778289
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This gripping memoir by the world’s foremost marine geologist is an enthralling blend of maritime history, popular science, and Clive Cussler–style adventure. David L. Mearns has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. From the mighty battleship HMS Hood (sunk in a pyrrhic duel with the Bismarck) to solving the mystery of HMAS Sydney, to the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s sixteenth century fleet, Mearns has searched for and found dozens of sunken vessels in every ocean of the world. The Shipwreck Hunter chronicles his most intriguing finds. It describes the extraordinary techniques used, the detailed research and mid-ocean stamina (and courage) required to find a wreck thousands of feet beneath the sea, as well as the moving human stories that lie behind each of these oceanic tragedies. Combining the adventuring derringdo of Indiana Jones with the precision of a scientist, The Shipwreck Hunter opens an illuminating porthole into the shadowy depths of the ocean.