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From the best-selling author of Girt and True Girt, the saga of Australia continues....

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.

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes. He is the author of the best-selling Girt and True Girt, as well as two books for children.

©2021 David Hunt (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Couldn't get through it.

Great content, brilliantly accurate and informative. However, David's voice is hard to listen to. Sorry David.

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Hilarious and informative

David Hunt has done it again. Who would have thought Australia's history could be so hilarious, and just, simply weird. It is always good to listen to a book narrated by the author, but David in particular just brings the text to life. I loved it. It was a laugh out loud in places and a book that infuriated me at times and made me ashamed of our racist, sexist past. Or is it the past? Anyway, this will be a great summer holiday read as you can easily pick it us and put it down. Enjoy.

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finally it's here the next girt installment

in the tradition of girt an informative and funny look at the quirks in Australian history.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.