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Girt

Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

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Awards for Girt

  • Winner, 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction
  • Shortlisted, 2014 ABA Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award.
  • Shortlisted, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, General Non-Fiction Prize at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards.
  • Best Books of 2013 - iBooks
  • Best Books of 2013 - Herald Sun

About the author

David Hunt

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all the books he has written. David is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction …

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Praise for Girt

‘Australian history never looked like this! Beneath the humour is an interesting analysis backed by extensive research, which has uprooted some little-known historical gems. Girt will appeal to readers who enjoyed John Birmingham’s Leviathan as much as lovers of Chaser-style satire and the humour of John Clarke … and leaves this reader hoping there will be further instalments.’ —Books+Publishing

Girt … cuts an irreverent swath through the facts, fools, fantasies and frauds that made this country what it is today, hoisting sacred cows on their own petards and otherwise sawing the legs off Lady Macquarie’s chair. I was transported.’ —Shane Maloney, The Age Best Books of 2013

Girt is a ripping read… a humorous history that is accessible enough to share with the eight-year-old. Hunt’s writing interests span comedy, politics and history, a happy triumvirate when your subject is Australia.’ —Stephen Romei in The Australian

‘Hilarious and insightful -- with a keen eye for the absurd, coupled with impeccable comic phrasing, Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history. Not since Keith Windschuttle has an historian made me laugh so much.’ —Chris Taylor

‘David Hunt takes aim at some of Australia’s historical sacred cows with his unique brand of irreverent and often profane humour… Beneath the [this] is an interesting analysis backed by extensive research…’ —Bookseller & Publisher

‘There is barely a page in Girt that won’t inspire a chortle. It’s our early history told by a writer with a wit sharp enough to slice tomatoes. But it’s not all jokes and jolly japes. David Hunt has done his research…’ —Herald Sun

‘Very funny stuff, and I'm assuming it's all true?...It's great! The footnotes are consistently hilarious.’ [email protected]_Schofield, Matthew Schofield, a director of The Simpsons on Twitter.

‘… fascinating anomalies and anecdotes that never made the pages of Australia’s official history books… surprising, bizarre and often hilarious.’ —Limelight

Girt will inform and entertain in equal parts.’ —Barb Sampson’s Top Books of 2013, ABC Radio WA

‘A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.’ —John Birmingham

‘David Hunt knows how to make the most of history’s juicy bits to hook the reader.’ —the Age

‘David Hunt's riotous, hilarious and enthralling history of Australia cleverly belies the weight and breadth of his knowledge. Unputdownable. I loved it.’ —Paula Byrne, author of the international bestsellers The Real Jane Austen and Kick: The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

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