The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 9 (December 1, 1937.)
“Barbara Prospers,” by Mary Scott (A. H. and A. W. Reed, Dunedin and Wellington) is a collection of faithful pictures of back country life in New Zealand. Without any literary affectation there is a nice literary style about these bush sketches. They are so true to life. Take the sketch, “Life Goes On”—just a simple but so true-to-life picture of the small country home on the day the children return to school after the holidays. “That Batch of Scones”—again so simple, so humorous and so truly told. There is sadness with a final note of triumph in “Exit”—the auction day following on the closure by the mortgagees on an unfortunate farmer caught by the slump. Mrs. Scott will add to her many admirers in this latest collection from her artistic pen. An admirable Christmas gift.
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“The Wreck of the Osprey,” by A. W. Reed (A. H. & A. W. Reed, Dunedin and Wellington) is a rendering from the diary of Henry Moon, steward of her Majesty's sloop Osprey, telling of the wreck of the vessel at Herekino in 1846, and the subsequent adventures of the crew. The booklet makes quite an interesting historical document.
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“Jane of Lantern Hill,” by L. M. Montgomery (Angus & Robertson, Sydney) should be assured of a warm welcome from the many admirers of this well-known writer of girlhood stories. Here we have the latest Montgomery heroine, Jane Stuart, who is living a life of repression with her wealthy grandmother. She decides to run away and finds a full measure of the joy and excitement of life in the companionship of her young father. Poor old—or young—dad reader will have a job living up to the conception of Jane's parent as pictured in this book. A good Christmas present for girls, young and old, and the sterner sex won't mind running through the charming story also.