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Summary

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 listen to it would be un-Australian.

©2013 David Hunt (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"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)

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must have book of the year !!

this is the one book youMUST have in your library this year. Funny, sarcastic history of thr ' land down under ' performed by the author with much humour and wit. This will have you laughing out loud when you least expect it. Cannot wait for the sequel.

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A breeze through Aussie history

I have an Aussie girlfriend and am about to move there so I thought I'd better learn something. This was entertaining and informative. If Bill Bryson did a book on Australia, it probably wouldn't be as good as this one!

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  • David
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 05-11-17

Unreliable history

A jokey canter through what is presented as Australia's early colonial history replete with racial stereotyping and delivered in a jokey manner which makes you doubt the reliability of the stories being related. The Scots are miserly, the Irish are stupid and untrustworthy, the English are all upper class bigots. The racial stereotyping is compounded by the awful attempts at Scottish Irish and English accents which are mostly well wide of the mark.

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  • Ali
  • Redhill, United Kingdom
  • 06-12-15

Silly history

Would you listen to Girt again? Why?

Absolutely , the book was short and I gave me a great insight into very early Australian history. I wasn't expecting it to only be about this early period and that later periods would e in subsequent books so that I will listen again when the promised Girt II: True Girt comes out.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not appropriate to this book but I would have to say the Bastard himself William Bligh every time it came to one of his interludes.

What about David Hunt’s performance did you like?

Yes but I found the accent very thick, I don't mean his natural Australian accent but whenever he tried British accents the book became more than a little incomprehensible

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

About as Australian as History can get!

Any additional comments?

Don't take it all to seriously, there are things wrong here that I know of British history so I am sure there is some wrong for Australia's history to but the whole thing taught me much I never knew about Australia and the book presented it all in a very fun way that made it all the more memorable

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  • Jodelle
  • 31-07-16

Seriously irritating voice. Can I get a refund?

For the first time ever I just couldn't listen. Regular narration voice is OK but the awful voices used for quotes drove me over the edge. Traveling to AU soon so will try the book in print. Love love audio books. Just not this one.

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  • patricia heffernan
  • 27-12-15

Typically irreverent.

What did you love best about Girt?

The tongue in cheek approach to re acquainting me with the iconic historical figures and happenings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girt?

The Rum Rebellion

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I was hooked from the start, so, nothing else.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughs.

Any additional comments?

I felt the narration was similar to Bill Bryson

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  • Bjoern Amherd
  • 10-07-15

Good first half

After the first 3hrs, the novelty starts to wear off a bit. Lots of names and locations

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  • Dr.J.A.P.
  • 22-05-18

VERY VERY funny

I was laughing so hard through this book, it's read by the author who is a VERY funny guy (great timing) and even though I did not get a lot of the foot note references to modern Australian politicians and current political events in the country (I'm American) ... I still laughed. I then listened it a 2nd time while road tripping through Australia (we drove from Adelaide to Sydney along the coast) with an Aussie friend who was laughing as hard as I had, and said he was learning a lot as well from it... (and every time we got to one of those references I didn't get I'd pause and he explained it)

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  • Malcolm H. Field
  • 27-04-18

Accents annoying

Good story, great humour but lay off the accents. They just get in the way of the listening experience.

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  • dp
  • 09-01-18

Great

A very great reading from the author. a humorous and I assume accurate portrayal of Australian history.

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  • Dragonfly Samurai
  • 27-08-17

Welcome to Terra Australis!

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This is an hilarious account of Australian history. Not being an Aussie, and not having any background on their history I can only assume that it is accurate. (I hope so. If not, it's still a funny listen.) This is not a book for those who are prudish and blush at swears. Aussie's apparently don't view these words in the same manner as us. .. or they just find them funny. I'm not much of one for that language myself, but for some reason it almost sings when it comes from an Aussie. :)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 17-06-17

Well worth the download. Looking for the sequel

Cracking good story with a good serve of laughs. Puts "heroes" of history in a far more realistic and clear light.

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  • Greg
  • 23-01-17

Where was it when I was at school?

This wonderful book & it's sequel 'True Girt'(which I've almost finished) are at once informative & very funny. I'm sure that more school students would be interested in history if presented this way. Anyhow, Australian history was one of only a couple of school subjects that I enjoyed over 50 years ago & now I've learnt much more. These books are a scream.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-17

an enteraining listen about Australia's beginning

a funny take of Australia's history that is verifiable with mainstream Australian history books. there are critics of his jokes and narrative, which might hold true to the print edition but his reading style and different accents when quoting historical persons is quite engaging. I looked forward to hearing Arthur Phillips and many others 'speak'.