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A NEW TAKE ON AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
Reviewed in Australia on 6 January 2014
Like the author I failed to pay much attention to lessons on Australian history at school. If I'd had a book like this I might have absorbed a little more! It is by no means a "complete" history, but it seems there will be more to come from the author. It addresses history prior to white settlement as well as after, focussing heavily on such people as Governors Phillip, Macquarie and Macarthur, and Benelong, Joseph Banks and the infamous Captain Bligh. You will never view these illustrious names in quite the same light after reading this book! Anyone not familiar with Australian history and culture will probably find it a little difficult to follow and scarcely credible.
I nearly dropped one star off the possible five because it commits the heinous crime of spelling sock drawer as "sock draw", and there are a couple of references to Rolf Harris which in the light of recent events just made me squirm a little, but I must give it full credit as a well-researched, funny book, full of interesting information and laugh-out-loud quotable quotes. The humour is reminiscent of Bill Bryson's books and the author does cite Bryson as a major influence in the afterword, so if you find Bryson funny you will probably enjoy David Hunt's style.