Eye-witness stories from Australian history
ROBERT MENZIES: Archie, I do not suffer fools gladly.
ARCHIE CAMERON: It might be news to you to know that fools have a lot
of trouble putting up with you too
In this fascinating collection, Mungo MacCallum has assembled the best
and the funniest stories in our history, drawing on writers and observers
from Watkin Tench to Don Watson. Here is: Governor King breaking into
tears at the rantings of his successor, William Bligh; the story of how
Canberra escaped being called Shakespeare or Sydmeladlperbriho; Bill Hayden’s
original comment about Bob Hawke and a drover’s dog; and many, many
FEMALE INTERJECTOR: If I were your wife I’d put poison in your
POLITICIAN: If I were your husband, I’d drink it.
-Prime Minister George Reid (often wrongly attributed to Winston Churchill)
‘Mungo has selected well. There is something for everybody, those
addicted to politics, those seeking an insight into the Australian ethos
and psyche, and those who just want a good laugh.’
Barry Cohen, The Australian
Duffy & Snellgrove have also published Mungo:
The Man Who Laughs and How To Be A
Megalomaniac, both by MacCallum.