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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... vol. 1 no. 4 18 March 1929 of All About Books est. 1928 All About Books
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  • MacFarlane's column also includes substantial reviews of The Catspaws by Collin Brooks, Accident by Arnold Bennett (also reviewed elsewhere in this issue) and Margaret Peterson's Like a Rose as well as brief mention of other recent non-Australian publications.
  • Charles Barrett reviews Mary Webb's Poems and the Spring of Joy and Doris Booth's Mountains, Gold, and Cannibals. The latter is further reviewed elsewhere in this issue.
  • Includes reviews of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company Limited's 'international library of psychology, philosophy, and scientific method', Upton Sinclair's Boston, J. O'Donnell Bennett's Much Loved Books, and A. Gertrude Jacob's Personal Hygiene.
  • Includes an article on the importance of the availability of translated works to 'understanding between nations'.
  • Detective novels are the subject of the reviews reprinted from London papers in this issue.
  • D.W. Thorpe 'stongly recommends' The Case of Sergeant Grescha.
  • 'Best-seller' lists from England, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand are included under the title 'What England and America are Reading'.
  • 'The Best of New Publications' is a collection of short reviews of works covering a wide range of subjects from vehicle maintenance to Dutch art.
  • Includes a 'Top Ten Books For a Desert Isle' list from Capt. Peters, broadcaster of 'Books Wise and Otherwise' and manager of Robertson and Mullins, Melbourne.
  • Includes advertisements for meetings of Australian Literary Societies.


* Contents derived from the 1929 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Australian Literature: Part III. - To-morrow, Nettie Palmer , single work criticism
Palmer identifies the 'young writers, born of Australian soil, willing to handle Australian themes and use Australian idiom'.
(p. 109-110)
Australian Author Writes Fine Story, S. M. MacFarlane , single work review
— Review of The Singing Gold Dorothy Cottrell , 1927 single work novel ;
(p. 111)
Another Good Story From Roy Bridges, S. M. MacFarlane , single work review
— Review of And All That Beauty Roy Bridges , 1929 single work novel ;
(p. 111-112)
The Collecting of Australiana, Ida Leeson , single work prose
Includes a reproduction of page 1, volume 1, Number 1 of The Sydney Gazette.
(p. 114-115)
Australian Writers to the Fore, single work review
— Review of Ultima Thule : Being the Third Part of the Chronicle of The Fortunes of Richard Mahony Henry Handel Richardson , 1929 single work novel ; Max Flambard : A Novel John Dalley , 1928 single work novel ; 'Wirragoona' : Tales of Australian Station Life Charles Emerson Robertshaw , 1928 selected work short story ; Up the Country : A Tale of Early Australian Squattocracy Brent of Bin Bin , 1928 single work novel ; This Love Business : A Novel John Fearn , 1929 single work novel ;
(p. 120-121)
New Zealand Author's Fine Story, Jay , single work review
— Review of Dear Acquaintance Rosemary Rees , 1929 single work novel ;
(p. 121)
Laulee, Charles Rodda , single work short story adventure (p. 123-125)

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