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Issue Details: First known date: 1944... 1944 We Were the Rats
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'A novel recounting the lives of some of the troops who ended up caught in Tobruk, surrounded by the German army for some 242 days, from the time before they enlisted through to the eventual departure of the ones who survived. This is not a book on military history at all, but rather a story about soldiers' lives.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1944 .
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      Extent: 275p.
      Reprinted: 1945
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Norman Lindsay.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Horwitz ,
      1961 .
      Extent: 257p.
      Reprinted: 1962 2nd ed.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Horwitz ,
      1965 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 257p.
      Reprinted: 1969
      Series: y separately published work icon Horwitz Australian Library Horwitz (publisher), 1959-1970 Z1263913 1959 series - publisher Number in series: 6
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking O'Neil , 1991 .
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      Extent: 275p.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by E.E. Dunlop.
      ISBN: 0140149244
      Series: Australian War Classics 1944 series - publisher

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  • Sound recording.
  • Braille.

Works about this Work

‘An Explosive Novel of Strange Passions’ : Horwitz Publications and Australia’s Pulp Modernism Andrew Nette , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 19 December vol. 34 no. 2 2020;

'The scant academic attention Australia’s pulp publishing industry has received to date tends to focus on pulp as a quickly and cheaply made form of disposable entertainment, sold to non-elite audiences. This paper will examine Australian pulp fiction from a different standpoint, one which links New Modernist Studies and the history of the book. This approach, referred to as pulp modernism, is used to question the separation of low and high publishing culture, dominant for much of the twentieth century. I apply this methodology to late-1950s and early-1960s Australian pulp fiction by examining the Name Author series released by Sydney-based Horwitz Publications, one of the largest pulp paperback publishers in the decades after World War II. The series took prominent mid-century Australian authors and republished them in paperback with covers featuring highly salacious images and text. The series offers a glimpse into a uniquely Australian version of pulp modernism. It also yields valuable insights into the changing dynamics of local publishing and literary reputation in mid-century Australia, and the little researched operations of Horwitz Publications.' (Publication abstract)

The Trials of Robert Close Dennis Bryans , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script and Print , vol. 35 no. 4 2011; (p. 197-218)
'In October 1951, the Argus noted that Australia's censorship had "On occasion, when the more modern statutes [were] felt to be inadequate," called "antiquated laws ... into life such as the 'obscene libel' law invoked in the case of Robert Close's novel, Love Me Sailor, and the 'malicious libel' law used ... against Frank Hardy, author, of Power Without Glory'..." At the time Australia's censorship laws were regarded as being among the most narrow minded and repressive imposed by a democratic government anywhere...(Author's introduction)
Does Australian Slang Still Rhyme? Mark Gwynn , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Ozwords , April vol. 15 no. 1 2007; (p. 6-7)
"We Were the Rats" and "The Twenty Thousand Thieves" : Fictionalizing an Episode of Australian History Genevieve Laigle , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Spring vol. 20 no. 2 1998; (p. 87-99)
The Usable Past : Australian War Fiction of the 1950s Rick Hosking , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 12 no. 2 1985; (p. 234-247)
We Were the Rats Douglas Stewart , 1944 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 November vol. 65 no. 3378 1944; (p. 2)

— Review of We Were the Rats Lawson Glassop , 1944 single work novel
Happy Few Wesley Miglate , 1945 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 6 no. 4 1945; (p. 49-50)

— Review of We Were the Rats Lawson Glassop , 1944 single work novel
We Were the Rats Douglas Stewart , 1948 single work review
— Appears in: The Flesh and the Spirit : An Outlook on Literature 1948; (p. 164-169)

— Review of We Were the Rats Lawson Glassop , 1944 single work novel
The Expurgated Rats Peter Coleman , 1961 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 July vol. 82 no. 4250 1961; (p. 31-32)

— Review of We Were the Rats Lawson Glassop , 1944 single work novel
The Getting of Manhood David Robert Walker , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Popular Culture 1979; (p. 121-144)
The Novel : Novels of Purpose H. M. Green , 1961 single work criticism
— Appears in: A History of Australian Literature, Pure and Applied : A Critical Review of All Forms of Literature Produced in Australia from the First Books Published After the Arrival of the First Fleet Until 1950, with Short Accounts of Later Publications Up to 1960 1961; (p. 1122-1152)
The Trials of Robert Close Dennis Bryans , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script and Print , vol. 35 no. 4 2011; (p. 197-218)
'In October 1951, the Argus noted that Australia's censorship had "On occasion, when the more modern statutes [were] felt to be inadequate," called "antiquated laws ... into life such as the 'obscene libel' law invoked in the case of Robert Close's novel, Love Me Sailor, and the 'malicious libel' law used ... against Frank Hardy, author, of Power Without Glory'..." At the time Australia's censorship laws were regarded as being among the most narrow minded and repressive imposed by a democratic government anywhere...(Author's introduction)
The Dangerous Farce Douglas Stewart , 1946 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 June vol. 67 no. 3463 1946; (p. 2) The Flesh and the Spirit : An Outlook on Literature 1948; (p. 248-255)
Notes [Southerly, vol.7 no.1 1946] 1946 single work column
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 7 no. 1 1946; (p. 57)
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