"In Jim of the Hills C.J. Dennis takes us to the bush-clad hills of Victoria and
introduces "Lonely Jim, the bloke that don't say much". But, having arrived at thirty,
Jim's been doing some thinking:
"Me an' my old dog's been talkin' quite a lot - of love and things:
Weighin' matters; an' we reckon this here love is full of stings . . .
Love an' all that talk, we reckon, is a silly sort of fake -
What's a plain man wantin' further is his wife can wash an' bake?"
"Jim, of course, is heading for a fall for which he'll earn the scorn of his old dog before both
of them are captured by the "vision with the sunlight in her hair."
"First published in 1919, and not since republished, Jim of the Hills reveals in some
measure Dennis's reaction to the world around his home at Toolangi in the hills near
Melbourne. The birds, the trees, the work of the timbermen and the menace of forest fires -
all were recorded in this warm and wryly romantic story in verse."
From the Angus & Robertson hardback edition, 1983.
Dennis dedicated the book to his publisher, George Robertson. He discussed his plans to do this in a
letter to George Robertson,
dated 2nd October 1919.