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Girt Nation: The Unauthorised History of Australia Volume 3 Paperback – 2 November 2021
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David Hunt tramples the tall poppies of the past in charting Australia's transformation from aspiration to nation - an epic tale of charlatans and costermongers, of bush bards and bushier beards, of workers and women who weren't going to take it anymore.
Girt Nation introduces Alfred Deakin, the Liberal necromancer whose dead advisors made Australia a better place to live, and Banjo Paterson, the jihadist who called on God and the Prophet to drive the Australian infidels from the Sudan 'like sand before the gale'. And meet Catherine Helen Spence, the feminist polymath who envisaged a utopian future of free contraceptives, easy divorce and immigration restrictions to prevent the 'Chinese coming to destroy all we have struggled for!'
Thrill as Jandamarra leads the Bunuba against Western Australia, and Valentine Keating leads the Crutchy Push, an all-amputee street gang, against the conventionally limbed. Gasp as Essendon Football Club trainer Carl von Ledebur injects his charges with crushed dog and goat testicles. Weep as Scott Morrison's communist great-great-aunt Mary Gilmore holds a hose in New Australia. And marvel at how Labor, a political party that spent a quarter of a century infighting over how to spell its own name, ever rose to power.
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- Publisher : Black Inc (2 November 2021)
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1760640158
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760640156
- Dimensions : 15.4 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The sanitised version is not enough. To know us and our 'Aussieness' we need to know how we were formed and informed. We need to read and live and understand our history and all its formative pressures on us today. I have lived in every state and 1 territory and driven, walked and listened to us. All of us.
I have Indigenous, Chinese, English, American, Scottish, Irish, DNA in our family and probably a lot more I don't know of yet.
These 3 novels allow us to see us. I'm a proud Australian, a veteran, a teacher and someone who passionately wants us to live to embrace our heritage and go onto make it better.
Got to taste it to see what I mean.
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As a huge fan of the first two volumes in the "Girt" series, I was thrilled to continue the adventures of Australia in this third book that takes us into the twentieth century, and absolutely mortified at Hunt's persistent rebellion against the Oxford comma. The writing is top-notch, the subjects are fascinating, and the combination of seriousness and satire make for an incomparable educational experience.