Published by: Hachette Australia
ISBN 13: 9780733633522
Published: November 2014
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Related Reviews: Crocs in the Cabinet By Ben Smee and Christopher A. Walsh (of the NT News)
So this is a bit of a different book. In Australia there is a newspaper called the NT News (from the Northern Territory) which is known for how it doesn’t exactly try to be a serious paper. More often than not the front cover will feature something a bit rude or at least a crocodile story, and over the years it’s come to have a bit of a cult following. Australians are known for their laid-back sense of humour, but in the Northern Territory it’s almost a competition to see who can be the most laid back.
Taken from wikipedia, the first edition of the Northern Territory News was published on 8 February 1952 as a weekly tabloid, then twice weekly, building up to five days a week in 1964. Originally the paper was quite politically active being a noted advocate of greater self-governance powers for the Northern Territory as well as being vocal on a number of other local issues. However the paper gradually lapsed into the current apolitical stance it maintains presently with its most noted feature being its often colourful headlines and front pages.
Currently you can also see the NT News on Facebook and Instagram, and only now that I’m collecting links do I realise that they finally seem to be using their twitter account properly (joy of joys! That was a long time coming.)
I must admit, when something’s going down in the NT whether it’s something serious like a car accident or if someone is alleged to hiding out in a suburbs from the police wielding a weapon, or something more normal like a cyclone bearing down on us, The NT News is damned excellent on Facebook in particular at keeping everyone updated – no matter what hour it is.
But mostly the NT News is known for its puns (even worse than those the Northern Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Garry Smith regains their followers with). The front pages of the news paper and known internationally, and now we have a book that collects the best of the best, making it the very best of coffee table books for Christmas for those with a laid-back sense of humour.
What’s interesting about this book is it says why the NT News has taken such a different approach to its front pages – but to find out, you’ll just have to buy the book, won’t you? (Or at least go into a bookstore and sneak a peek, let’s be realistic.)
Possibly their most-clicked headlines are the following, which have handily been printed right next to each other.
And if my review isn’t enough, because it’s by a newspaper they have of course written an article about it, which you can see here.
This book may not be for everyone, but damn is it amusing.