Book #2 Pocket Editions for the Trenches

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

by C. J. Dennis

On Sale: 29/03/2018



About the Book

The perfect collector's item - a beautiful facsimile edition of C. J. Dennis's classic tribute to the larrikin, published by Angus & Robertson during World War One as a gift from home to the soldier in the trenches.

In the rough Australian vernacular that became his signature style, C. J. Dennis tells the story of the courtship and marriage of larrikin Bill and the lively Doreen. The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke was Dennis's most successful and popular book of verse. In its various editions it has sold nearly 300,000 copies and has been made into a silent film, a sound film, a stage play and a musical. The 1916 Pocket Edition had an initial print run of 10,000 copies.

This edition, published to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, has been minted from one of eight extremely rare books of verse originally published by Angus & Robertson as little reminders of home for soldiers to slip into a pocket and carry through the fighting. It features original layout, illustrations by Hal Gye, advertising and blurbs, as well as a dust jacket missing on nearly all of the rare extant original editions.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460756027
  • ISBN 10: 1460756029
  • Imprint: Angus & Robertson - AU
  • On Sale: 29/03/2018
  • Pages: 148
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Classics


Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis (C. J. Dennis) was born in Auburn, South Australia, on 7 September 1876. He worked as a solicitor's clerk, journalist and bartender, before becoming one of Australia's most treasured poets with his publications of, among others, The Sentimental Bloke, The Moods of Ginger Mick, Digger Smith and The Glugs of Gosh. 

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The Glugs of Gosh

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The Moods of Ginger Mick

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