Ajax the Warrior - Mary Elwyn PatchettLondon: Lutterworth Press, 1953, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the head of the spine. Leans. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white drawings; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “This is the story of a girl living a free, solitary life on her father’s cattle-station on the New South Wales-Queensland border. Her companions are animals: her three dogs, including the huge golden fighter Ajax who twice saved her life; her pony Buck and her chestnut polo-pony Belle; and all sorts of pets, from Kaa the fat friendly snake to Matilda, once a Boxing Kangaroo.
The girl works stock with the station-hands; goes down to Sydney for shopping and the seaside; describes a buck-jumping show in sober expert terms; fishes for poison-fangs in a well of snakes; helps to track the swaggie who stole her father’s thoroughbred mate; has a thrilling brush with aborigine warriors in a cave at Ayer’s Rock, and is hunted down, when lying helpless after a fall, by three famished wolves from a travelling show.
This book makes most English adventure stories look thin and pale, the more so as it is all true, and the author was the girl who feared one thing only — the prospect of boarding-school.”