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Born in America, I can tell you that Americans have a real fascination with Australia. I was lucky enough, about 15 years ago, to be able to come to Australia and with the exception of missing my family in the US, I have no regrets.

I will admit that I still do not have Aussie down pat but with Jason K Foster‘s Instant Aussie – Australia in a Nutshell, I may make progress.

Instant AussieI love this book!

I will take for granted that the author isn’t “having me on” and that what he writes is correct.  He talks about the natural wonders of Australia such as Kakadu, Monkey Mia and the Twelve Apostles.  There are also our controversies such as the Rum rebellion, the disappearance of Harold Holt and the baby Chamberlain case.

There is a section on famous Aussies that covers a fair section from Paul Hogan to Germaine Greer.  Even a section on the boat people and what makes an Aussie.

There is a rather large devotion to Aussie language (as you would expect!).  Many of our phrases come from the indigenous people and the rest … well, from the brilliant ability of the Australian to find their own way.

Jason covers everything Aussie.  In the book, he explains how Australia came to be, from Dreamtime to current day, touching as well on the Digger spirit that is such a large part of why our hearts beat as they do.

He explains Aussie speak, sports, our heritage and history and how we came by some of our habits.  Perfect explanation of Aussie for anyone who thinks they know or those who REALLY want to.  There is just so much info in here.

It is a glorious book and would be a wonderful gift for anyone with an interest in Australia!!!    The perfect unique gift at any time of year, Christmas, birthday, thank you or just because you want to make someone smile.  There isn’t really anything in this book that you would want to hide from your kids.  In fact, I intend to share this with my grandkids so that they can better understand what I love about this awesome country and it’s people.

Instant Aussie – Australia in a Nutshell by Jason K Foster is available now from Dymocks.

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Marlene Sanders

I am a 62 year old naturalised Australian (born in US). I have been in Australia since the week after Sept 11th. My favourite author would be Bertrice Small (historical romance with a fair amount of heat) but I will read almost anything so long as it is interesting. I am currently enrolled in GAA attempting to get a certification in gemology. When I worked it was as an office manager, but I am now retired. I have created a travel blog but if I am honest, have not updated it recently. I read online news (news.com.au and The Age) and one of my pet peeves is that no one proofreads the articles before they are posted. I have sent several emails to them offering my services but no reply.

  1. Australians came from people who travelled to the end of the earth, raised families, crops and fought to keep Australia a Nation for battlers to make a future in a land of opportunity.

  2. Sorry, Marlene, I missed this last week when published. Thank you for your review, Aussie! It sounds like another of those quaint, slightly quirky books from New Holland Publishers. I like what they do (and your review).

  3. Marlene, thank you so much for your kind words! Your review warms my heart because all of the things you have taken from it are what I was trying to achieve in writing it. Thank you again. Jason K Foster. x

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    • Sorry Jason but i just saw your post! I am currently in the US and am sharing my copy with my trainer in NM and will also take it to OH to share with my kids and grandkids since they are ALWAYS asking about Aus!. They are looking forward to reading it. Great book!

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      • Awesome! So great to hear it is making a difference to kids around the world!

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