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Aussie slang has a long and honourable history. From the convict days to the present day, we have excelled in the put down, the humorous summing up, the effortless jibe that leaves the target lost for words...
From 'blind as a welder's dog' and Bob Hawke being 'like a greased snake on an oiled floor' to 'two stubbies short of a six pack' this book is a collection of true gems of the Aussie idiom.
Peter FitzSimons - Australia's greatest storyteller - and his son Jake have compiled this selection, a compendium of true riches. Peter has long been a teller of our national stories, and in this book he presents the essence of Australian-ness.
From 'short arms and deep pockets' (a mean person) to those who 'run like a hairy goat' - there's something here for everyone.
About the Author
Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and the SUN-HERALD.
He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including BURKE AND WILLS, MONASH'S MASTERPIECE, KOKODA, NED KELLY and GALLIPOLI, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history.
Peter grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson - journalist, magazine editor and television presenter - have three children; they live in Sydney.