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Girt Nation: The Unauthorised History of Australia Volume 3

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David Hunt

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes. He is the author of the bestselling Girt and True Girt, as well as two books for children. David is also a television presenter and podcaster, …

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Praise for Girt Nation

‘An entertaining and instructive historical romp through the formative period of Australian nation-making with a colourful cast of rhymesters, revolutionaries, rebels, racists, reprobates and rabbits.’ —Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, The Australian National University

‘Insightful, witty and beautifully written, Hunt’s latest offering is as Ozzie as a mozzie in a cozzie.’ —Mikey Robins

‘An instant classic – Hunt's finest work to date. His clever use of language and insightful analogies connect Australia's past with its present, showing how our history echoes today.’ —Charles Firth

‘A hilarious and witty telling of our nation’s birth – girt by criminals, blaggards, snobs, wowsers and, most importantly, feminists!’ —Wendy Harmer

‘I was hooked by the second sentence, and kept asking myself, “How can this be so horrific, so hilarious, so ridiculous, and most shocking of all, so true?” But this is not a mere history lesson: as Hunt deftly brings to life Australia’s past in a way that both illuminates and makes the reader cringe, he also makes us face our nation’s present, and future.’ —Susan Carland

‘Makes you wish David Hunt had been your history teacher. Laugh-out-loud funny and you’ll actually learn something.’ —Mark Humphries

‘Once again, David Hunt uses his sharpened wit to chisel away at misconceptions from Australian history leaving us with the cold, hard truth of how our nation came to be.’ —Osher Günsberg

‘What Hunt does, accurately and adroitly, is unearth many little-known or forgotten facts that illuminate the past.’ —ArtsHub

'David Hunt’s latest fascinating romp through our past shows Australians to be more eclectic and eccentric than we might have imagined.' —InDaily

‘Entertaining and irreverent’ —The Age

‘Pick up this book for the trampling of reputations but stay for the biting footnotes … [a] fun read that pulls no punches while not bobbing and weaving around the truth.’ —The Courier-Mail

‘Australian history told intelligently, but with more humour than ever before … Girt Nation is fabulous storytelling, putting meat on the bones of the national story.’ —The Weekend Australian

‘Girt Nation precisely and nimbly, unearths many undetected or unremembered facts that elucidate the past’ —Rama Gaind, PS News

‘What a wonderful intention this is, and wonderful in its achievement. If I was teaching courses in Australian history, the Girt books would be top of my reading list.’ —Bernard Whimpress, The Newtown Review of Books

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