THE SMUGGLERS' CAVE. By George A. Birmingham. (Hodder and Stoughton.
7s. 6d. net.)—The ever-amusing Mr. Birmingham has never written a. more engaging or laugh- able extravaganza than this one. It deals with the inception of a local pageant in a small village, and with the perplexities which, in consequence, befall an ex-Cabinet Minister who unwillingly gets mixed up in the festivities. The incident becomes one of national interest, but for him one of grave anxiety and very nearly disaster. The whole story is packed with pointed humour and comment, and is guaranteed to drive away gloom from all who read it.