14 November 2019

Review: Sh*t Towns of Australia by Rick Furphy & Geoff Rissole

Sh*t Towns of Australia by Rick Furphy & Geoff Rissole book cover
Published November 2019
RRP $19.99 AUD
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *

I really enjoyed reading Sh*t Towns of New Zealand last year. A year on and Rick Furphy and Geoff Rissole have given us Sh*t Towns of Australia. Unlike the sister book, I wasn't chuckling and rushing to look up factoids from the book while reading and overall I found it a little underwhelming.

The town slurs were unimaginative and there were so many references to deros, drugs, hand jobs, STDs and the unemployed that it quickly became repetitive.

The humour was crass and the fan mail sections were a missed opportunity. Appearing to be fabricated feedback from readers defending their towns, the authors could have had real fun with this concept. Unfortunately the fan mail comments appealed to the lowest common denominator and didn't even raise a smirk.

The only thing I enjoyed was the section on 'big things' which was uniquely Australian and amusing and the mention of bin chickens. Despite being Australian, I've somehow missed the slang name 'bin chicken' for ibis birds. This then lead me to a very funny and catchy YouTube video about ibis' which is what I'll think of when remembering this book.

Featuring sixty towns and cities, Sh*t Towns of Australia will make a great stocking stuffer or gift for the bogan in your family who enjoys gutter humour. I guess I'm just not the target market for this book.

Carpe Librum!

My Rating:
★ ★ ★ ★

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