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Author Pobjie, Ben, author

Title Error Australis : the reality recap of Australian history / Ben Pobjie
Published South Melbourne, VIC Affirm Press, 2016


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Description 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), colour portraits ; 24 cm
Contents The Gathering Calm -- The Twist That Will Change the Game Forever -- Project Rum Way -- Sail of the Century -- Opening the Mystery Box -- I'm an Incompetent Explorer, Get Me Out of Here! -- The Great Australian Dig-Off -- Whose Mine Is It Anyway? -- Survivor: Armed Robbery -- My Helmet Rules -- Better Off Fed -- The Boering First Episode -- If You Are the One -- Depressed -- Duty and the Beak -- The Second Course -- Australia's Next Top War -- The Menzies Centuries -- Outplay. Outlast. OutWhitlam. -- Labor's Love Lost -- Elimination Day -- The End ... ?
Summary We're obsessed with reality television these days yet we so often neglect the greatest reality of all: the reality of our nation, and how it came to be. In Error Australis, TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie recaps the history of Australia from its humble beginnings as a small patch of rapidly cooling rock, to its modern-day status as one of the major powers of the sub-Asian super-Antarctic next-to-Africa region. Pobjie recognises that history can be as gripping as any reality show - as thrilling as it is to see Delta Goodrem's chair turn around, there is an argument that the Second World War was even more exciting - and like any good recapper, he provides an immediate, visceral sense of what it was like to be there in the moment at our nation's defining events. All historians know that it is only by looking at where we have been that we can understand who we are, what we stand for, and why nothing seems to work. Error Australis is a scholastic and side-splittingly funny account of a young nation that has spent many years seeking its place in the world, and almost as many years not liking what it has found
Analysis Australian
Subject Australian wit and humor -- Australia.
Satire, Australian.
Australia -- History.
Australia -- Humor.
Australia -- History -- Humor.
Genre/Form Reading nook.
ISBN 9781925344462 (paperback)