Great Australian Stories: Legends, Yarns and Tall Tales

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Allen & Unwin, 2011 - Fiction - 312 pages
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'Great Australian Stories is true to its title as it wanders from bush track to spooky hollow, follows the path of yowies and bunyips, searches for Lasseter's Reef, meets Dad and Dave and, on a different path, Henny-Penny, and then rambles into the cities where just as many entertaining characters are ready to tell their stories.' - From the foreword by Warren Fahey

Australia has a rich tradition of storytelling that reflects our unique history and experience. Great Australian Stories gathers some of the best of our stories from colonial times to the present, with bush yarns, tall stories, urban myths, and tales of the mysterious and downright weird.

With ten new stories, this second edition of the bestselling Great Australian Stories is the most representative collection available of the stories we tell about ourselves. Graham Seal explains where the stories come from, and why even the outright lies reveal a truth of sorts.
 

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Contents

Telling tales
1
1 Stories in the heart
11
2 Pioneer traditions
35
3 Making monsters
69
4 Legends on the land
95
5 The haunted land
117
6 Tales of wonder
147
7 Bulldust
163
8 Heroes
191
9 Characters
217
10 Hard cases
239
11 Working people
263
Picture credits
283
Sources and selected references
285
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Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on traditional Australian culture.

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