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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 1, 1937)



“Backs to the Wall” by Captain G. D. Mitchell, M.C., D.C.M., is the most vivid and convincing war book I have read. Certainly no other soldier has given us such a graphic and sincere story of the four terrible years of strife. Captain Mitchell must have a charmed life. He confesses that time and again an instinct that he never dreamt of fighting against saved his life. He takes readers through a ceaseless storm of shot and shell, at times almost as casually as a tourist guide. With the ear of a musician he traces the gamut of sound of the flight of a shell and then turns on the full orchestration of the devilish cacophony of a mass offensive. A fascinating yet terrible story.

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“A Naval Wife Goes East,” by Eilleen Walker (Blackwood, London; Whitcombe & Tombs, Ltd., New Zealand agents) is a delightful and unaffected story of travel in the East. The author is candid without being rude, an engaging frankness particularly palatable in the surfeit of highly spiced literary dishes that load the world's reading table these days. Well known and little known parts of China and Japan are visited in company with this charming literary hostess. A valuable guide book and containing travel tips worth remembering.

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