A new children’s book written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac explores the (literally) fantastical adventures of 19th century Swiss traveller Louis de Rougemont. As we’ve seen previously, de Rougemont turned a relatively uneventful trip to Australia into the kind of picaresque romp punctuated by audacious confrontations with man, beast and elements so beloved of periodicals of that time. The Greatest Liar on Earth is, appropriately enough, issued in Australia, and the publishers describe it as “an excellent teaching resource for schools”. How true! Alerting the young to the monetary advantages of lying is important preparation for so many career paths.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why anyone would release a book on a Sunday, check the date.