LINKLETTER DOWN UNDER by Art Linkletter

LINKLETTER DOWN UNDER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Harold Holt, the recent, tragically deceased Australian Prime Minister, was the seductive spokesman who persuaded Linkletter and four other dinner guests to become pioneer investors in ""Down Under"" development. The ""Hollywood Pioneers,"" with visions of a future as rich humanitarians, became rice farmers with one whale of a paddy--one hundred thousand acres in a forsaken outback called ""Humpty Doo."" It seemed a sure bet as they hired experts for every fertile foot but even a prophet couldn't have predicted scavengers like the rice-eating magpie goose, drainage ditch crocodiles and worst, monsoon seasons where the foreseen 65 inches fell in a fortnight. Three futile plantings later they couldn't put Humpty Doo back together again. By this time Linkletter, however, was hopefully in love with a country and characters where ""Baked Necks"" meant ""Bacon and Eggs"" and ""Let stalk Strine"" is interpreted as ""Let's talk Australian."" He decided to have another go--10,000 acres of sand plain again way, way out. But this time dingoes, rabbits, and blowflies notwithstanding, project Linkletter turned into ""the Showplace of West Australia."" Linkletter, an ultimate salesman tells you all about it--the land, the people--the possible profits. A must for those with a hankering to ""stalk Strine.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1968
Publisher: Prentice-Hall