18 MAY 1912, Page 24

Sharrow. By Baroness von Hutton. (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.) —The

central feature of this novel is undoubtedly " Sharrow," the ancient seat of the family of that name. Most of the action passes in the house, and it has its effect on all the characters. The hero is one of the strong, ugly men beloved of female

novelists, and the reader will follow him through his boyhood, his groat disappointment, and his final finding of happiness through sorrow, with a good deal of interest. The portrait of old Lord Sharrow, though rather conventional, is well drawn. Indeed, the characterization is perhaps the best thing in the book.