Fabulous Storytelling: Read an Extract from Girt Nation by David Hunt

Fabulous Storytelling: Read an Extract from Girt Nation by David Hunt

Australia.

How could one word mean so much, yet so little? It might one day be a nation, but who would be its people? Would its bounds encompass the lands of the penniless sand-dwellers to the west, or the atlas-makers’ afterthought on the wrong side of Bass Strait? Could the sturdy yeomen of the south, who’d never felt the leg iron’s chafe, reconcile themselves with the northern slavers?

And how might the citizens of its two great cities join as one when they couldn’t even agree on a football code? These disparate peoples shared a continent, but could they share a future?

There were green and gold shoots of possibility. Yes, there were Tasmanians, South Australians, Victorians, Queenslanders, Western Australians and New South Welshmen – and they all considered themselves British – but they also called themselves and each other
Australian. 1 There were differences, but also shared values. They believed in democracy (for men), a fair go (for white men) and housework (for women of all colours). They were committed to a free press, trial by jury and, for the most part, freedom of religion. They trusted in commerce, progress and the queen. And most of all, they shared 1 Consideration was also given to calling New Zealanders Australian, but
thankfully common sense prevailed. the bond of losing money betting on ridiculously dressed shortarses engaging in S&M with defenceless animals…

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      Publisher details

      Girt Nation
      Author
      David Hunt
      Publisher
      Black Inc.
      Genre
      Non Fiction
      Released
      02 November, 2021
      ISBN
      9781743822043

      Synopsis

      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.

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      About the author

      David Hunt

      David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all the books he has written (one). He has worked as an historical consultant and comedy writer for television and also has a proper job. He owns a cat and has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south. 

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