|Title:||From Billabong to London (Billabong #4)|
|Publisher:||Ward, Lock & Co., Limited|
|Tags:||adventure, Australia, fiction, juvenile, World War I|
The first quarter of the book is taken up with station life. But two topics overshadow everyone’s thoughts: the drought, and the war in Europe. Wally and Jim are desperate to go as well. A fortuitous inheritance and the decision is made that they will all go–Jim and Wally, so they can sign up there, and Norah so she’s not left on her own.
They board the 'Perseus' and a 6-week journey takes them via Adelaide to Durban, Cape Town, then Las Palmas to arrive in Falmouth, Cornwall, from where they take a train to London.--Philippa Werry-Goodreads. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bruce, Mary Grant
Mary Grant Bruce (May 24, 1878—July 2, 1958) also known as Minnie Bruce, was an Australian children's author and journalist.
Although she wrote many books, her most famous were the Billabong series, begun when she was writing weekly stories for the children's pages of the Leader, where A Little Bush Maid first appeared in serial form. The story proved so successful that the Linton family was launched.
Although much of her work was written in England, Mary Grant Bruce's patriotism is more Australian than British. The Lintons' world, threatened from outside, withstood challenge, unchanged and untarnished. Australians, and not only children, looking at Billabong, could see themselves as they wanted to be—mates in fortune and adversity, sturdy, decent and fearless inheritors of a tough, but rewarding land.
—Australian Dictionary of Biography.
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