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IMAGECOMINGSOON

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25 August 2020
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922419125
Paperback,  288 pages
234 x 153 mm
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COMING SOON!

Second Best: The Amazing Untold Histories of the Greatest Runners-up

by Ben Pobjie

History is always written by the winners and about the winners. But what about the men and women of the past who reached for gold but grasped only 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, to the woman not credited with discovering DNA because she had two X chromosomes, and Australia’s second Prime Minister whose name everyone keeps forgetting.

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.

About the Author

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 MatildaCrikey and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Aussie Aussie AussieError AustralisSuperChef and The Book of Bloke 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.