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Second Best

The Amazing Untold Histories of the Greatest Runners-Up

Ben Pobjie

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Affirm Press
25 August 2020
Fiction & Literature; History
History is written by the winners, about the winners. But what about the men and women of the past who reached for gold, only to grasp morale-sapping silver?

Australia's second-best comedy historian Ben Pobjie celebrates the fascinating stories of those pipped at the post of greatness, from Buzz Aldrin following footsteps on the moon, Australia's second Prime Minister whose name nobody can remember, and the woman who discovered DNA but didn't get the credit because she was a woman, Second Best shines a light on those plucky men and women who, through no fault of their own - or at least, only a little bit of fault of their own - didn't quite get there before everyone else, but did get there before ALMOST everyone else!
By:   Ben Pobjie
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781922419125
ISBN 10:   1922419125
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   25 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Pobjie studied history at the University of Western Sydney before his lust for glamour led him to comedy writing. He is known for his TV columns in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and political satire for New Matilda, Crikey and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Aussie Aussie Aussie, Error Australis, Australia: What Happened? and Mad Dogs and Thunderbolts and has written for the TV shows Reality Check and The Unbelievable Truth. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three children and a rising sense of panic.

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