||The Modern Publishing Company, London [193?]
|Dust Jacket by:
Edgar Foster, son of cricketer Robert Foster, sails for Australia on leaving Redbank School. Wrecked at
Sydney, he is rescued by Wal Jessop together with Eva Manton, the infant daughter of the captain. Edgar
goes upcountry to Yanda, managed by Ben Brody, and is joined there by his schoolfriend Will Brown. Yacka,
an aborigine, leads Edgar and Will on a long journey to a treasure cave. After several narrow escapes they
return to Yanda. Edgar moves to Sydney and eventually joins the Australian cricket team. With Will and Ben
he sails for England. On the voyage Edgar falls in love with Muriel Wylde, and they save each other's
lives. On his return to Australia, Edgar and Wal find and rescue Captain Manton, who is still alive. Edgar
returns to England. Will marries Edgar's sister Doris, and Edgar marries Muriel.
A very episodic book, barely a connected story. Enough material is packed in it for several adventure
stories. Too reminiscent of King Solomon's Mines plus Treasure Island. The characters are cardboard and
the descriptions dull. A disappointing book, giving the impression that the author disliked it. Perhaps
because there's no horse racing! (TA)
||First published by Routledge.