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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 3 (June 1, 1939)



“Apron Strings,” by Mary Kelaher (New Century Press, Sydney) is an unusual drama of human passions told with a fair degree of artistry. The author is at her best when she describes in the opening chapter the last moments of David Warren, the central character of the story. Just when the reader is expecting the exit of David “his mind set out on its last adventurous journey, back … back through the years.” It is then that we learn that in his earlier life our hero fell from the domestic pedestal of rectitude. The blurb on the jacket of the book describes David's futile life, and, inferentially, his unfaithfulness is ascribed to his mother's overpowering affection for him. Certainly David does not secure much assistance in his wife and family. The reader is left feeling sorry for David and his sole and rather pathetic romance.

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“Rewi's Last Stand,” (A. H. & A. W. Reed, Wellington and Dunedin) is an historical romance by A. W. Reed, based on the scenario of the film play by Rudall Hayward. The swiftly moving story centres round the Maori wars in the Waikato in the ‘sixties. Love and adventure, the introduction of famous figures in New Zealand history, and an account of the famous battle of Orakau, are the main ingredients in this gripping story, so well told by Mr. Reed. Nicely produced and including seven full-page photographs supplied by Frontier Films Ltd., the book is surprising value at the retail price of 2/9d.