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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 3 (June 1, 1936)

“Shibli” Listens In

“Shibli” Listens In.

Miss Nelle Scanlan has just completed another novel, “The Marriage of Nicholas Cotter.” The locale of the plot is in England.

One of the penalties of N.Z. Authors’ Week: In one week a N.Z. publisher received for consideration the Mss. of three novels, a collection of humorous sketches, two historical works, two collections of short stories and a treatise on a current human ailment.

Such a plethora of Mss. from N.Z. writers has reached one big publishing house that they have decided to charge a reading fee of £1 for each Ms. submitted.

There is much speculation as to the identity of M. Escott, the author of “Show Down,” a N.Z. novel published recently in England. The suggestion that the author is Mrs. Mary Scott is contradicted. “Shibli” can understand the possible diffidence of the actual author to reveal his or her identity.

James Cowan has received word from London of the acceptance by Jonathan Cape of his collection of South Sea Tales.