Submitter: Who? I had to look up who Tamara Fraser was, and even after that was left wondering why our academic library would need a collection of quotations from Australian politicians’ wives in the 1970s. Surely, original source material exists that would provide better insight into this subject. At the very least a book of quotations should inspire some sort of timeless sentiments in the reader. Random selections from this book, devoid of context, simply left me blank-faced, slightly puzzled as to whether the book was intended as satire or praise. This book had a very short half-life indeed, and it’s a wonder that it was still on our shelves 50 years since its publication.
Holly: Unless your academic library is in Australia, this seems like a stretch for pretty much any library to hang on to. It is cataloged with words like “politicians wives,” “quotations,” “anecdotes,” and of course, “Australia.” It definitely looks at first glance like caricature and satire, and the back cover does say it’s the “funniest book published in Australia in a long time,” so I’m not sure what to think. Australians, please weigh in!