It was published first in Australia in 1946 – my first book. I have never been either in England or the U. S., and wrote it when I was 15–16, published it, with considerable success at 17. Years later, when it was out of print, to my relief, my British paperback publishers, Fontana, started to nag at me for permission to publish to publish it. I kept refusing, knowing how immmature it was, and thinking it would harm my other books. But I did promise that one day – between books – I would look at it, perhaps do some editing, and maybe it could be published […]” (undat. Br.). – Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf..