They Sang Like Kangaroos


THEY SANG LIKE KANGAROOS. The title comes from a ludicrous poem by Sir Henry Newbolt to commemorate the sinking of the German raider Emden by the Australian cruiser Sydney. It was the first naval victory of the war.

"Their hearts were hot and as they shot
They sang like kangaroos"

The Australian navy establishment thought the tone of the book was too irreverent. But it got flattering reviews and goes on selling well to people with less fixed ideas.