Fools’ Harvest [novel by Erle Cox, 1939]

[Editor: This novel by Erle Cox (1873-1950) originally appeared in serial form in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) in 1938. It was then published in a book format in 1939. It is a story about a fictional invasion of Australia. It was an popular novel, and added to the debate over Australia’s defence preparedness. As this publication did not have a contents page, a list of the contents has been provided so as to enable easier access to the text.]

Fools’ Harvest


Erle Cox

Author of “Out of the Silence”


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15

Robertson and Mullen Pty. Ltd.

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The National Press, 34 Lonsdale
Street, Melbourne

Registered at the General Post Office, Melbourne,
for transmission through the post as a book.


This story of to-morrow was originally written as a serial for “The Argus.” Its intention was to awaken the people of Australia to the tragic possibilities of apathy towards adequate defence measures. It is now published in book form, with two additional chapters, by permission of The Argus and Australasian Ltd.

All characters in this book are fictitious

Erle Cox, Fools’ Harvest, Melbourne: Robertson and Mullen, 1939

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