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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... vol. 1 no. 13 5 December 1929 of All About Books est. 1928 All About Books
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  • Includes a column dedicated to 'Mystery-Detective Stories' by G.W. Wickens.
  • 'Best-seller' lists from England, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand are included under the title 'What England and America are Reading'.
  • Includes a page of jokes reprinted from Ralph Frost's complilation What Cheer?.
  • 'New Books Recommended for Children' includes recommendations under headings such as 'Bible Stories', 'Bird and Animal Tales', and 'Annuals'.
  • Also includes a section dedicated to New Zealand books.


* Contents derived from the 1929 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
What Constitutes the Perfect Gift?, John Quill , single work column
A 'fluff' piece about Christmas presents. Quill recommend's Donn Byrne's Hangman's House for women, 'mystery-murder-detective-rubbish' for young men, A.A. Milne for children and Lawson's short stories for men. Also includes a reprint of an article 'On Giving Books'. Quill admits to not knowing the source.
(p. 403-404)
A Reader's Notebook, Nettie Palmer , single work review
— Review of To Meet the Sun Robert D. FitzGerald , 1926 selected work poetry ; The Book of Beauty H. M. Green , 1929 selected work poetry ; The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper , 1929 selected work children's fiction ; A House Is Built M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1929 single work novel ; The Madeleine Heritage Martin Mills , 1928 single work novel ; Up the Country : A Tale of Early Australian Squattocracy Brent of Bin Bin , 1928 single work novel ; The Man Hamilton Vance Palmer , 1928 single work novel ; A Diver Went Down Jack McLaren , 1929 single work novel ;
Beginning with an ironic anecdote illustrating that an Australian novel are a 'safe' present because the receiver is sure not to have read it, Palmer goes on to recommend some titles.
(p. 405-406)
Books For Your Christmas Gifts : Novels, Biographies, Travel Books and General Literature For All Tastes, single work column (p. 412)
A Bookseller Talks Shop, W. E. Fuller , single work prose humour (p. 415-416)
The Plays of John Galsworthy, E. C. Davidson , single work review (p. 420)
A Seventeenth Century Rachel, Camden Morrisby , single work prose
As recommended to him by Rose Scott, Morrisby uses Dorothy Osborne's Letters as an example of literature illuminating the past.
(p. 424)
Some Interesting New Books, Phil Grim , single work review
— Review of As It Was in the Beginning Dulcie Deamer , 1929 selected work short story ;
(p. 430)
Another Australian Novel, Jay , single work review
— Review of Ginger For Pluck Daniel Hamline , 1929 single work children's fiction ;
(p. 432-434)

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