When our politicians are too busy playing musical chairs to run the country, our cricketers are doing suspicious things with sandpaper, and a murderous starfish with twenty-one arms roams freely around the Great Barrier Reef it seems about time that we, as a nation, ask a tough question: how the heck did it come to this?
In AUSTRALIA - WHAT HAPPENED? TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie turns an incredulous eye on the history of Australia to bust open the national mythology, reveal the truth about what it means to be an Australian and work out what happened to all our best-laid plans.
What's the real story of the Aussie larrikin? How exactly did sheep ruin everything? What impact did the Gold Rush have on Australian culture? And what do you mean 'murderous starfish'? All these questions and more will be answered in this hilarious and historically accurate account of our wayward nation.
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2018
Publisher: Affirm Press
Publication City, Country: Mulgrave, VIC, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.3(H) x 15.5(L) x 2.2(W)
Weight (gm): 430
Ben Pobjie studied history at the University of Western Sydney before his lust for glamour led him to comedy writing. He is known for his TV columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and political satire for New Matilda, Crikey and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Error Australis and Aussie Aussie Aussie. He has written for the TV shows Reality Check and The Unbelievable Truth. Ben lives in Melbourne with his wife, three children and a rising sense of panic.