'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.)