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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... vol. 1 no. 2 21 January 1929 of All About Books est. 1928 All About Books
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  • Includes reviews of biographies of Houdini and Henry Christophe, memoirs from J.M. Dent and H.W. Nevinson, and Mussolini's autobiography.
  • Also includes 'The Bother at Drinsey Nook', a short story by Thomas Burke.
  • Includes poems 'I Like Edgar Wallace' and 'Well, Well, Mr. Wells' from Meet These People by Reginald Arkell.
  • Includes 'Condensed Reviews of Some Good Books' by "Jay" and 'Recommendations by English Reviewers'.
  • Includes notice of the supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Also includes a call for applicants for the Australian Literature Society's annual gold medal award for best novel and also announces prizes from both Jonathan Cape/Harpers and Allen and Unwin.
  • Includes 'Modern Book Collecting' by Gilbert H. Fabes.
  • 'Best-seller' lists from England, United States Australia and New Zealand are included under the title 'What England and America are Reading'.
  • Includes a list of meetings of Australian Literary Societies.
  • Includes a short biography of Nobel Prize for Literature winner Sigrid Undset and a review of her three-volume novel Kristin Lavransdatter.


* Contents derived from the 1929 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Our Growing Literature: Beginnings, Nettie Palmer , single work prose
Palmer presents a short and select history of the birth of Australian literature.
(p. 45-46)
The People Who Write Our Books, single work criticism
Contains biographical and bibliographical information on Walsh, G.W. Thacker and Donn Byrne with photographs of each.
(p. 47-49)
Novels I Think You Would Like to Read, S. M. MacFarlane , single work review
MacFarlane summarises plot and theme and provides a short critique of E. Barrigton's The Empress of Hearts, George Barr McCutcheon's Blades, Alexander Wilson's The Devil's Cocktail, Mrs Alfred Sidgwick's Come-By-Chance, The Foolish Virgin by Kathleen Norris and Francis Brett Young's My Brother Jonathan.
(p. 50-51, 57)
Review, single work review
— Review of The Collected Verse of G. Essex Evans George Essex Evans , 1928 collected work poetry ;
(p. 54)
Australian Authors and English Reviewers, single work review
— Review of Vanity Under the Sun Dale Collins , 1928 single work novel ; Tantalego Georgia Rivers , 1928 single work novel ; The Secret of the Sandhills Arthur Gask , 1921 single work novel ;
Includes excerpts of reviews from the Times Literary Supplement and the Observer.
(p. 66-67)
The Man Hamilton, by Vance Palmer [Condensed Review], Jay , single work review
— Review of The Man Hamilton Vance Palmer , 1928 single work novel ;
(p. 72)
The Three Flames, by Jane Primrose [Condensed Review], Rose Nuttall , single work review
— Review of The Three Flames Jane Primrose , 1928 single work novel ;
(p. 72-73)
An Australian Story Book, collected by Nettie Palmer, M.A. [Condensed Review], Rose Nuttall , single work review
— Review of An Australian Story-Book 1928 anthology short story ;
(p. 73)
Miss Billy, by Constance Mackness [Condensed Review], Rose Nuttall , single work review
— Review of Miss Billy Constance Mackness , 1928 single work children's fiction ;
(p. 73)

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