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GerryM Review: Waltzing Matilda (74* d) RE: Review: Waltzing Matilda 13 Oct 20

An actual (humorous) review of Waltzing Matilda:

It starts,

Dear Ms Paterson,

Reference: your manuscript Waltzing Matilda

We regret that it has taken us two years to get back to you on this but we did want to give your manuscript every consideration. Twelve editors, the postman and the cleaner have now appraised it and we offer these comments:

You did well to get the hero on stage as quickly as possible, within the first four words in fact. This is commendable but we have reservations about your description of him as 'jolly'. This is hardly a heroic image and having him camp (admittedly by a billabong) can have unfortunate connotations, given our readers' preference for demonstrably heterosexual heroes.

The location, under the coolibah tree, is fine, provided you supply clear definitions of such terms for our overseas readership. While the hero's name, Andrew, is acceptable, we find your repeated usage of the diminutive, Andy - as in Andy sang, Andy watched, Andy waited while his billy boiled - tends to demean him as a hero. We would advise usage of his full name in future drafts.

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