"Those who have read Ginger Mick will perhaps remember "little Smith of Coll'inwood", one
of the singing soldiers who "'owled a fightin' tune at Sari Bair". Though Mick was lost at
Gallipoli, little Smith returned to become a country neighbour of Doreen and the Bloke and it is
through their compassionate eyes that we follow his story. In true Dennis style it is told
with human-hearted wisdom and the humour that is close to tears.
"Digger Smith was written during the last months of the war and, with Rose of
Spadgers, formed a natural sequel to Ginger Mick. Rose deals with the effects
of war on the women who were left behind. Digger Smith studies its effects upon the
men who fought it - the men with "Anzac eyes", who
"...talk of what they've seen and done
When they've been out to 'ave their fun;
But no word of the game."
"First published in 1918, this edition is similar in style and presentation to the original
version with its Hal Gye illustrations and jacket. Gye also prepared decorative capitals, which
were not then used, to start each verse. These have been included to embellish further this,
the first reprint of Digger Smith in over fifty years."
From the Angus & Robertson hardback edition, 1982.