11 JUNE 1920, Page 22

A Remedy Against Sin. By W. B. Maxwell. (Hutchinson. 8s.

6d. net.)—It is impossible for the reader to fail to know that Mr. Maxwell in this book is preaching the case for Reform of the Divorce Laws. The ingenuity with which Roddy, the detestable husband, turns innocent circumstances against his wife when she tries to divorce him is very cleverly rendered, and no one can help being sorry for the unfortunate Claire. In the end, after failing to get her divorce, she goes off with the man she loves to a life, as the reader feels, of absolute misery, in spite of the chivalrous nature of her lover. The story is told at great length and with considerable attention to detail, but it is difficult to feel great interest in the heroine, whose ana3mio personality pervades the whole atmosphere of the book and increases its dreariness.