Autobiographical in form and deals with the assimilation of a young English migrant into the Australian environment (Westerly No. 3 1956, p. 12). It is in his ability to show the development of character that Mr Vickers rises to his greatest height as a novelist... (Irene A. Greenwood, Westerly No. 1 1957, pp. 43-44.)
The original manuscript version of this novel (titled 'The Stuff of Dreams') gained equal third place in the 1948 Sydney Morning Herald Literary Competition.