Author(s): Guy Rundle
Our Great Southern Land started out just that - Great. But what has happened after several centuries of white settlement and "development" and "progress". Has greatness been chipped away at and just who is responsible? Enter Guy and Dexter who point the finger at 50 people and (sometimes entire family dynasties) who have basically stuffed it for the rest of us. Instead of a roll call of dreary achievements, read on for 50 notable stuff ups - from Arthur Phillip and Ned Kelly to Janette Howard and Dame Edna. Eddie McGuire and Andrew Bolt to Winston Churchill - they have all played their part in making this land, well, not so great after all.
Extremely funny and sharply satirical take on the movers and shakers who have left their dubious marks on Australia; This book follows in the tradition of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain and Feckers: 50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland.
Guy Rundle is a writer, editor, producer and journalist. A frequent contributor to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and all media, except the 70% owned by the Murdochs, at time of writing, he was a co-editor of Arena Magazine for many years. He has written for the stage and television, he claims joint responsibility for Get A Life, Backberner, Comedy Inc., and more doomed pilots than the WW2 Japanese air command. His books and monographs include The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction, Your Dreaming, The Happy Phrase (with Shamed Malonkey) and the prize-winning coverage of the election of Barack Obama Down To The Crossroads, He is currently correspondent-at-large for Crikey online daily.