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Top 40 Book Club : Top 40 Book Club Reads 2014
NON-FICTION 41 BOOK CLUB READS Top 40 LARRIKINS: A HISTORY Melissa Bellanta In contemporary Australia, being a ‘bit of a larrikin’ is something of a badge of honour. Larrikins are par t of our cultural identity. Blokes with a laconic sense of humour and a healthy scepticism for authority, are fondly described as a larrikin. But the original aussie larrikin was reviled and feared by decent society. They terrorised the suburbs of our larger cities, committed atrocious crimes and were not always male! Melissa Bellanta has written a confronting account of the histor y of the larrikin. Larrikins: A history documents the loutish beginnings of ‘larrikinism’ in the 1840s, to the criminal heyday of the larrikin during the final decades of the 19th century. Bellanta charts the course of the larrikin through to their status as an icon of Australian manhood after World War I. Using cour t proceedings, witness s tatements and newspaper ar ticles, Larrikins: A history challenges our benign perception of what a larrikin was and is, and in doing so, our understanding of what it means to be Australian.
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