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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 1 (April 1, 1935)



‘The Silent Division,” by O. E. Burton, M.M., M.d’ H. (Angus & Robertson, Sydney). There have been several notable war books published in Australia and this is one of the finest. It should be in big demand in this country for it deals solely with the prowess of the New Zealanders at the front from 1914 to 1918. The book is vivid yet restrained, is in parts candid and critical. One feels that the author is a very sincere man with an unusual sense of fairness and justice. His comments on official bungling are plain spoken but in no way vindictive, even though it is evident that he was with thousands of others, one of the victims. He pictures all the horrors of war with such telling realism that the reader must see as well as feel the pictures he creates. I think that this is the most vivid, truthful and allembracing story yet written about the big part New Zealand played in the Great War. The book contains a brief foreword by Major-General Sir Andrew Russell.

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Blinky Bill Grows Up,” written and illustrated by Dorothy Wall (Angus and Robertson, Sydney), contains the further adventures of the quaint little Australian animal. Having created such a lovable kiddies' idol it was only right and proper that the little folk of Australia and New Zealand should be informed as to what manner of creature he became with the years. It is sufficient to say that Blinky has justified his existence. He should brighten up many an hour for kiddies this coming Easter season. The book is attractively produced and delightfully illustrated.

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