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Introduction by Jack Thompson
The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, a comic verse novel, was first published in book form in 1915 and sold more than sixty thousand copies in nine editions within a year. By the mid-1970s nearly three hundred thousand copies had been sold internationally.
One of the most famous works of Australian literature, it tells the story of Bill, a larrikin, who meets a young woman named Doreen. The book chronicles their courtship and marriage, and Bill’s transformation from a thuggish gang member to a contented husband and father.
This edition has a new introduction by the actor Jack Thompson, renowned for his readings of C. J. Dennis’s work.
The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke is a perennial Australian favourite. Its 1919 screen adaptation (below) is considered Australia’s greatest silent film and one of our best movies of all time.
‘Exquisite humour…I “dips me lid"—and stand aside.’