An adequate, if uninspired basic text about Australia, by a man who has written adult novels- A Room on the Route (1947) and The Time of the Assassins (1952) -- about Russia and the disasters brought upon her by the Revolution and the German terrorism in 1941. In this switch Mr. Blunden shows he is an able technician. Australia in all its aspects does get a thorough going over. It is orthodox, chapter by chapter, with a concentration first on geography and natural history, then a bit about native customs that is followed by a long chronological account from the first discovery of the continent on up to modern day social and economic customs. Much of it is absorbing for the mere fact that Australia is amazing land, but taken as a whole the book has qualities that make it appear to have been written as a chore. Good reference material.