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Publisher's Summary

They're a Weird Mob chronicles the hilarious attempts of an English-speaking Italian migrant coming to grips with the Australian way of life. It is also an insight into the importance of idiomatic language to the Australian people.

Nino Culotta arrives in Sydney to find that, 'Most Australians speak English like I speak Hindustani, which I don't. In general, they use English words, but in a way which makes no sense to anyone else.'The language barrier means that Nino's assimilation is fraught with perplexity and frustration, but invariably reveals the true Australian spirit - a little rough around the edges, but friendly, independent and lovable.

©1957 Copyright © John O'Grady 1957 (P)2005 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Critic Reviews

‘A riotous comedy.’ - The Age
‘…a rollicking comedy about an Italian journalist in Fifties Australia trying to get his head around the natives’ vernacular. Anybody who has the subtitles on for Kath & Kim will get the joke.’ - Telegraph

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this isn't the full version of the book and skips some of the best and funniest parts

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A great performance

This book has a special place in my heart, I’ve been revisiting over the decades since I first read it in the 70s.
Henri does a masterful job of narrating. In lesser hands it might not have come off, but his rendition of Nino and friends is faultless.
Good onya mate, it’s a bronzer showing.

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fabulously entertaining!

real to life, as the grand daughter of Italian migrants it was wonderful to envisage the language and cultural struggles they may have encountered

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Wonderful story by John O'Grady and brilliantly read by Henri Szeps. Really enjoyed this.

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Or Bloody Right too I tell ya!

Top book and a great Narritor!
If you have ever been to Australia or know them you will love this book.

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