Landed at Last

Author: Nat Gould
Publisher: The Modern Publishing Company, London [193?]
Pages: 254
1st Published: 1899
Dust Jacket by: G.P. Micklewright
No.: 710
Synopsis: The novel was particularly popular with the soldiers on the Western Front in the First World War, and its title became army slang for delayed reinforcements.
Will Banbury, owner of Rookwood Farm near Sydney, badly needs to "land" the Melbourne Cup "at last" to recoup his losses. His friend Jack Challis introduces him to Bruce Hendon whom he met when arriving on the steamer. Banbury employs Hendon as his secretary but there is some mystery about him, and he eventually absconds. A gold bullion robbery is planned by ne'er-do-well James Price and his henchman Mark Davis. Bel Oxley, Banbury's niece, joins her uncle at Rookwood. The story tells how Banbury wins the Melbourne Cup, and how the robbers are foiled.
An excellent story, with strong characters and memorable scenes. A very good read.(TA) (Source)
Notes: Landed at Last was first published by Routledge. Modern Publishing reprinted it under three different numbers. As far as I can tell, they all used the same dustjacket covers. Numbers were 2, 660 and 710. Dust Jacket for No. 710 is shown. No. 2 would have blue triangles on the spine, while 660 and 710 would have red triangles. Also, No. 2 would have a list of 12 titles on the back of the dust jacket while the others would have the "news". The inner jacket flaps of 660 and 710 would each have a different numbered book list.

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