Winner, 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction
Girt. No note might larger trap the essence of Australia...
In this hilarious historical past, David Hunt finds the reality of Australia’s previous, from megafauna to Macquarie – the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that experience 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 turn into the 1st animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who got down to stroll from Sydney to China, guided merely via a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the function of the coconut in Australia’s basically army coup.
Our nation’s beginnings are steeped within the unusual, the ridiculous and the frankly extraordinary. Girt proudly reclaims those tales for all of us.
Not to learn it might be un-Australian.
Shortlisted, 2014 ABA Nielsen BookData Bookseller's selection Award, 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2014 Australian publication Awards.
‘Girt … cuts an irreverent swath in the course of the proof, fools, fantasies and frauds that made this nation what it truly is at the present time, hoisting sacred cows all alone petards and another way sawing the legs off woman Macquarie’s chair. i used to be transported.’ —Shane Maloney, the Age top Books of 2013
‘Girt is a ripping learn… a funny historical past that's obtainable sufficient to percentage with the eight-year-old. Hunt’s writing pursuits span comedy, politics and heritage, a contented triumvirate while your topic is Australia.’ —Stephen Romei within the Australian
David Hunt is an surprisingly tall and good-looking guy who likes writing his personal bios for all of the books he has written. David is the writer of Girt: The Unauthorised background of Australia, which received the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was once shortlisted in either the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Australian e-book Awards. True Girt, the sequel, used to be released in 2016, as was once a booklet for kids, The nostril Pixies. David has a birthmark that appears like Tasmania, purely smaller and never as some distance south.