13 NOVEMBER 1926, Page 29

SUMMER STORM. By Frank Swinnerton. (Hutchinson. 7s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Frank

Swinnerton has moved a long way from Nocturne in his new novel, Summer Storm. But, although he now gives a certain framework of plot, the interest of his book is still in the development of character. The aloof, beautiful and enigmatical Beatrice is marvellously contrasted with the practical, attractive and sunny-natured Polly. The' male characters in the book merely form the background of, these two well-studied figures. Another clever sketch is that of the little typist Mercy, ever hungry and cynical. The detailed description of a women's typewriting office run by women is also extremely interesting.