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In Search of Ireland. By H. V. Morton. (Methuen, 7s.

6d.) is less successful than the same author's In Search of England and In Search of Scotland. Mr. Morton has to suppress, to some extent, his natural breeziness and in con- sequence we get rather too much of the Celtic twilight and not so many good stories as usual. At the same time he has much to say that is worth saying and this book is as much superior to the ordinary guide-book as it is inferior to such a book as Synge's Aran Islands. The photographs with which the book is illustrated are excellent and typical.