This memoir narrates how Smithson experienced a poor and somewhat turbulent childhood that took her and her family to Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri. She describes her parents, grandparents, her siblings, her daily experiences, the characters who played a role in her upbringing, and the memories of growing up in a different time. This nostalgic look back follows Smithson through her marriage at a young age in 1960 and offers a recap of her family.
With photos included, The Whippoorwill Calls offers a glimpse into one womans past guided by her faith in God, and the history that formed who she is today.
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