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Sunburnt Pom's Tales of Oz

By Mark Harland

Everyone has read books about Australia: its history, geography, the Great Barrier Reef or the fact that it is host to the world's ten deadliest animals. But how many have read, or even written, about the Australian character?

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Indeed, what is the Australian character? In fact, what is it about the 'Australian' that is so unique?

It is fifty years since John O'Grady wrote 'They're a Weird Mob' and a while since Bill Bryson's hilarious escapades 'Down Under' had us all laughing out loud.

In this collection of short stories English author Mark Harland takes you on a tour around various regions of Australia. These are his accounts of some of the people he met. It is Australians and Australia as seen through a Pommy's eyes.


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2018-03-03 Liz .... A great little collection of stories with a very personal flavour. Mark shares his experiences with humour and honesty that makes you laugh out loud!
2018-02-28 Paula .... 'a lovely read...the sort of holiday adventures any of us might get up to but often with a twist...great fun and now I know what MAMBA is too!' Anne P
2018-02-23 Paula .... I believe that I am one of the first to read this delightful little book containing twenty very short stories of the personal experiences and observations of the author (an English Pom with a varied and interesting background) on his first trip to Australia. I don’t think he actually uses the term “down under” but he does collect a number of colloquialisms along the way which serve to add colour to the amusing situations that he encounters.
He looks beyond the obvious, and writes joyously and sometimes cheekily in his own personal style.
Such short stories could be easily read one after another until they merged into one. But I found myself wanting to savour each individual story by only reading one a day, and each time I returned to the book I would read the last few lines of the previous story, and very often smile. M Davis

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