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Two men go in search of the real Australia, and find it in a bar in Munich. But what will they do with it now they've found it? Australia. What comes to mind when you see or hear this word? Guys in khaki shorts jumping into crocodile infested waters. Long, white sand beaches. Shrimps on barbecues. Athletes and actors. "Really? Mel Gibson is Australian?" Surfer boys and pin ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Rippple Books
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Trevor Pearson
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Received a copy of True Blue Tucker by Campbell Jeffreys through the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review

"The current situation in Australia is open to interpretation. Where some see social harmony and liberal equality, others see racial and religious intolerance, social discord and marked inequality. Fortunately, as the vast majority of Australians live in the suburbs they are not confronted with the moors of their own society. They can go home to their mort
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Allizabeth Collins
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Darius and Humphrey are on mission to find the "real" Australia - not just he folklore and the misconceptions; so they embark on a journey across the globe through London, Canada, Munich and Australia itself in order to find what it truely means to be Australian. Then the fun really begins as they open up a "real" Aussie bar in Munich and try to teach their patrons a thing or two about Australia and its history.

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I wasn't really sure if I liked this book when I first started r
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Dave
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm fortunate to be a Canadian living in Australia and I found this book at the right time; I've been here long enough to reach my own conclusions about Australia but am still far enough of an outsider for my view to be altered somewhat.

I enjoyed Jefferys' writing style, he really captivates with his story-telling. I honestly wasn't too sure what to expect when I picked up this novel. The only other Australian fiction I'd read left me disappointed (I won't sa
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ILoveBooks
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it


What is the "real" Australia like? The author will slowly guide the reader to his understanding of Australia-purely from his perspective. He tells the reader of the myths surrounding the true Australia and then sets about showing the reader the reality.


Darius and Humphrey are the main characters. They will guide the reader through the beauty that is Australia. A portion of the book shows the Australian landscape and people while the other parts of the novel are portrayed from an outsider's pers
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Zed
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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This is a thought provoking book that looks at a lot of different topics including prejudices, hypocrisies, realities and ideals.

I liked the character of Darius. He was flawed but he was trying. He had dreams, goals, fears and short comings that were relatable. He wanted to fit in and be accepted but also wanted to stand out and be someone extraordinary as he fought against normality. Darius has a lot of contradictions and competing thoughts and emotions as does his best mate Humphrey, although
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Cat
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Digger is one of those fine characters you rarely discover. This Aussie is a conflicted, patriotic, gentleman, easily lead and rarely in control of his environment. But he’s giving it hell. Searching for the heart of Australia when he can’t seem to find it in his own epic father. His chance meeting with a fellow wanderer, Humphrey discovers new vistas and invigorating possibilities. Should he give up the back country ways as the son of the famous sheep shearer Ripper, seemingly known by all he e ...more
Kara Powell
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
An interesting read recommended to me by my husband. As Canadians living in rural Australia, it provided an accurate and entertaining picture of Australian identity, while highlighting the parallels between the two countries. Like in Canada, a coherent sense of nationalism has been manufactured through commercials and first world war battles. Coming from a farm in Canada, the theme of the pressures of growing up in a rural area struck me as similar and true as well. Nice to read it from a male p ...more
Rachel Parrott
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Every country has it's own complex history, follow two young Australians as they sort it out first at home and then abroad. What of our history to we claim, ignore, deny? How does it shape us as a people and individuals? Good read for any who are interested in Australia in particular or culture in general.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
Jessica
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Member Giveaways.

This book was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed it. It's an interesting book about the Australian identity. I loved the characters; they were all so vibrant.
Nikki Aretz
Dec 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
I won this book through a give-away and was very curious since it isn't my usual genre but I was pleasantly surprised!
Debra
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Great book. Lots of interesting characters.

I received this book free in a Goodreads Giveaway
Scott Gardner
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This turned out to be a really good read , how the 2 main characters come to realise how much they love their home country of Australia warts and all , via Canada , London and Munich .
John
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Found True Blue Tucker to be an interesting and enjoyable read. Had great character development and it flowed well. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy
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It started in the hills near Perth, where he was brought rather quietly and with little fanfare into the world. The farming area tucked in the south-west corner of Western Australia became forever his reference point, but even then the world seemed broad and large, with the fields of wheat stretching to the horizon. But the whole world could not simply have been a field of wheat. There had to be m ...more