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  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9781740512442
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $18.99
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1788 Words Or Less

A Short Short History Of Australia



A hilarious re-telling of Australia's glorious history from critically acclaimed author Malcolm Knox

All the Australian history you'll ever need to know - condensed into a book the size of a passport. Famous faces range from boatpeople Dirk Warthog and the wicked Captain Bligh to great leaders John Macarthur, who rode on the sheep's back, and Sir Henry National Parkes, who had a mighty beard. Australia's top sportspeople rate a mention - Our Don Bradperson and Our Dawnie Fraser. There's an explanation of Australian politics (Responsible and Representative, also known as Reprehensible, Government). And there are plenty of action replays of our most exciting moments: the time when convicts were emaciated; the day Rum'n'Raisins became currency; the distinguished era when sandstone became the new granite; and the baffling one when brave men and camels went inland and got lost. Guaranteed free of spelling errors and factual inaccuracies (conditions apply), 1788 WORDS OR LESS also features the cartoons of BULLETIN and HQ illustrator David Messer.

  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9781740512442
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $18.99
Categories:

About the author

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox was born in 1966. He grew up in Sydney and studied in Sydney and Scotland, where his one-act play, POLEMARCHUS, was performed in St Andrews and Edinburgh. He has worked for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD since 1994 and his journalism has been published in Australia, Britain, India and the West Indies.His first novel SUMMERLAND was published to great acclaim in the UK, US, Australia and Eurpope in 2000. In 2001 Malcolm was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian novelists. He lives in Sydney with his wife Wenona, son Callum and daughter Lilian. His most recent novel, A PRIVATE MAN, was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the Commomwealth Prize and the Tasmanian Premier’s Award.

Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald, where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards. His novels include A Private Man, winner of the Ned Kelly Award; The Life; and most recently The Wonder Lover. His many non-fiction titles include The Greatest: The Players, the Moments, the Matches 19932008; The Captains: The Story Behind Australia's Second Most Important Job; Boom: The Underground History of Australia, From Gold Rush to GFC, which won the 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize; and Bradman's War, shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

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