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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TEXT PUBLISHING COMPANY (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921922184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921922183
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rollicking comedy about an Italian journalist in fifties Australia trying to get his head around the native's vernacular. Anybody who has the subtitles on for Kath & Kim will get the joke. --Seven in the Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Nino Culotta (real name John O Grady) was born in Waverley on 9 October 1907.
John was educated at home by his father along with several of his seven brothers and sisters. When he was twelve, John went to the Catholic school in Tamworth and later to St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. He hoped to become a doctor but there was no money and he graduated from Sydney University as a pharmacist, a profession he never much liked.
John O Grady was married three times, and had four children. He wrote for most of his adult life, but did not publish a book until he dreamed up "They re a Weird Mob" to win a bet. He was fifty when it came out. It remains one of the most successful titles in Australian publishing history. O Grady abandoned pharmacy and went on to write fifteen more books. In 1959 he published his famous comic poem The Integrated Adjective, better known as Tumba Bloody Rumba in the "Bulletin." He died in Sydney in 1981.
Jacinta Tynan is an author, columnist and news presenter on Sky News. Her first book, "Good Man Hunting," a memoir about looking for love, earned her the accolade 'Australia's answer to Carrie Bradshaw'. Her second book, "Some Girls Do: My Life as a Teenager," is an anthology of female authors writing the true story of their adolescence."

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Absolutely brilliant! Very enjoyable, after I got my head around the 'strine -- I you don't understand what's being said, say it out loud.
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Read this book many years ago. found it to be not quite as funny as I remembered, but still very enjoyable.
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Well worth getting - came quickly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go 21 Jun. 2013
By Moz from Oz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an Australian classic, riddled with 'Strine (Australian English) from the 50's and 60's. But underneath that it is an exploration of what it means to be an outsider with some good advice on how to become an insider. I love Nino. Dumped in a foreign country with a language that is both familiar and incredibly difficult to master, he nevertheless gains good mates, falls in love and builds a life for himself. His incredible optimism and outgoing personality and his willingness to "give it a go" make him a great role model. I also secretly rather like that he will not be "taken for a mug" and his willingness to give a bop on the head to those who try to do so.

I'd like to recommend this to everyone, but if you don't understand the Australian argot and aren't willing to puzzle it out or check a slang dictionary, it would probably be frustrating. Having said that, Nino is such a larger than life character that even if you don't understand a lot of the dialogue, you will still end up understanding Nino.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously funny! 17 July 2015
By zarafa - Published on Amazon.com
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I was seventeen years old when my mother and dad and I read this book out loud to each other on one of our trips . . . . that was back in the late 50's. All I remember is that Nino is hilarious and we howled with laughter at every reading session. I haven't yet re-read it; but will do so before passing this newly-purchased version along to our daughter, who recently spent a year teaching in Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They're A Weird Mob 16 Nov. 2012
By Trevor Scheepers - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book when I was a young boy, I am now 63, recently purchased a Kindle, downloaded the book and enjoyed it as much now as the first time I read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... against by the "old" Australians and how they made good by shear guts and determination 22 Feb. 2015
By david newman - Published on Amazon.com
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every 2nd generation immigrant from Europe should read this book to know how their parents were discriminated against by the "old" Australians and how they made good by shear guts and determination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a good laugh 2 Oct. 2013
By Peter Houlding - Published on Amazon.com
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I was 9 years old in 1956 when my family arrived in New Zealand as 'Ten Quid' immigrants from Britain. Soon after our arrival 'They're a Weird Mob' was broadcast on the National radio network in weekly instalments, and we were glued to the radio - our difficulties weren't as great as Nino's, of course, because we spoke Lancastrian English, but we recognised them all the same.

It was a delight to discover that the book was even funnier than the radio program, and I have read it many times since. It is always funny, and underneath the humour there is a serious point being made, one which all immigrants should take to heart.
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