They're a Weird Mob: Text Classics

They're a Weird Mob: Text Classics


by Nino Culotta
01 FEB 2013

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Extent: 208pp

Format: paperback

ISBN: 9781921922183

Rights: World: Text Publishing

Just off the boat from Italy, Nino Culotta arrives in Sydney. He thought he spoke English but he's never heard anything like the language these Australians are speaking.

They're a Weird Mob is an hilarious snapshot of the immigrant experience in Menzies-era Australia, by a writer with a brilliant ear for the Australian way with words. Introduction by Jacinta Tynan.


'A riotous comedy.' Age

'...a rollicking comedy about an Italian journalist in Fifties Australia trying to get his head around the natives' vernacular. Anybody who has the subtitles on for Kath & Kim will get the joke.' Telegraph

'Nino Culotta encouraged Australians to laugh at themselves, while providing a walloping hint for the 'New Australians' who were gracing our shores: 'Get yourself accepted...and you will enter a world that you never dreamed existed,' he wrote. 'And once you have entered it, you will never leave it.' The book remains just as relevant today: Weird Mob is about good people trying to make a go of things. With its rollicking and affectionate humour, it showcases our manners, our wit and our distinctive vernacular - where 'they open their mouths no more than is absolutely necessary'.' Jacinta Tynan