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The' funniest book ever written in Australia, and one that no .person in quest of laughter can afford to pass over, is “Back at our Selection,’’ by Steele Ruff'd.” It appears to every, class of reader, young and old.; Though a complete and interesting,, story, each chapter is self-contained, and thus offers fine advantages to the reciter or person wishing to entertain with a humorous reading.; The country cousin will more than enjoy it, and it will induce his near relative of the city to laughter loud and long. It is a very simple story of a middle-aged selector or farmer and his family, the majority of whom are grown up. “Dad” is fairly well off, and not unsuccessful as a politician, but it must be confessed that his early struggles, have left him a little uncouth and hardened. The vicissitudes of this family offer a theme which Steele Rudd handles with consummate skill. He has a strong comic vein, and loses no opportunity for effect, but never sacrifices his materials, and so “Back at our Selection” gives a true picture of the Australian selection and selector. And here it may he said that anvone who reads between the lines will find that the book has a pathetic side, namely, the dwarfing limitations of such a life as that led by the family, but as these people are fairly weil-pleasec with themselves, we need not dilate. The volume is excellently produced, and contains many good illustrations, and the price (4s 6d) is hardly a consideration when taking into account the good spirits it is sure to engender.

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“BACK AT OUR SELECTIONS., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907

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“BACK AT OUR SELECTIONS. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907

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