Paul Moon was born in 1968 in New Zealand. He is a professor at the Auckland University of Technology. He is also a writer of New Zealand history and biography specialising in Maori history. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Studies, a Master of Philosophy degree, a Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy. He is recognised for his research of the Treaty of Waitangi and has written two books about it. He has also produced the biographies of Governors William Hobson and Robert FitzRoy, and the Nga Puhi chief Hone Heke. In June 2014, Moon was shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize in History. In 2015 he made the New Zealand Best Seller List with his title Face to Face which he co-authored with Jane Ussher.
In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.
Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock," and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.
It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup.
Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us.
Not to read it would be un-Australian
"A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history." - John Birmingham
"Hilarious and insightful -- Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history." - Chris Taylor, The Chaser