Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'Not for nothing did Mark Twain famously describe Australian history as "reading like the most beautiful lies'" but when he uttered those words, Twain didn't know the half of it.

'In this cook's tour of 2500 years of tall stories about and from Australia, Melbourne writer Simon Caterson shows why Australia has been a hoax nation since ancient times. From imaginary voyages through to modern art frauds, literary scandals and impostures, Hoax Nation covers everything from Plato to Norma Khouri, the Tichborne Claimant to Ern Malley.

'After reading Hoax Nation, you'll never look at our rich legacy of hoaxes - or Australian history - the same way again.' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Arcade , 2009 .
      Extent: 169p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes Notes on Sources
      ISBN: 9780980436747 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Playing Us for Suckers Katherine Wilson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1-2 January 2010; (p. 16)

— Review of Hoax Nation : Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri Simon Caterson 2009 single work criticism ; Telling Tales : A History of Literary Hoaxes Melissa Katsoulis 2009 single work criticism
Up to Their Old Tricks Katherine Wilson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 February 2010; (p. 32)

— Review of Hoax Nation : Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri Simon Caterson 2009 single work criticism ; Telling Tales : A History of Literary Hoaxes Melissa Katsoulis 2009 single work criticism
Identity Check Richard King , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 5 no. 3 2010; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Telling Tales : A History of Literary Hoaxes Melissa Katsoulis 2009 single work criticism ; Hoax Nation : Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri Simon Caterson 2009 single work criticism ; The Celebrated George Barrington : A Spurious Author, the Book Trade, and Botany Bay Nathan Garvey 2008 single work criticism ; A Swindler's Progress : Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty Kirsten McKenzie 2009 single work biography
The Original Gentleman Thief Simon Caterson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 54 no. 7/8 2010; (p. 64-65)
Playing Us for Suckers Katherine Wilson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1-2 January 2010; (p. 16)

— Review of Hoax Nation : Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri Simon Caterson 2009 single work criticism ; Telling Tales : A History of Literary Hoaxes Melissa Katsoulis 2009 single work criticism
Up to Their Old Tricks Katherine Wilson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 February 2010; (p. 32)

— Review of Hoax Nation : Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri Simon Caterson 2009 single work criticism ; Telling Tales : A History of Literary Hoaxes Melissa Katsoulis 2009 single work criticism
Identity Check Richard King , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 5 no. 3 2010; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Telling Tales : A History of Literary Hoaxes Melissa Katsoulis 2009 single work criticism ; Hoax Nation : Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri Simon Caterson 2009 single work criticism ; The Celebrated George Barrington : A Spurious Author, the Book Trade, and Botany Bay Nathan Garvey 2008 single work criticism ; A Swindler's Progress : Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty Kirsten McKenzie 2009 single work biography
The Original Gentleman Thief Simon Caterson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 54 no. 7/8 2010; (p. 64-65)
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