1 APRIL 1865, Page 21

Avila Hope. No author. (Tinsley Brothers.)—A clever and entirely unreadable

novel. By this we mean that the author can produce ex- ceedingly effective single sentences, but not a story. The plot is of the bigamy kind, Lord Lyle, gentle, pleasant, and loving, marrying the heroine while previously married to an Italian girl. Italian girl finds him, and he shoots himself, and she dies as a result of agitation. In fact the plot is rubbish, but the people say sometimes amusing things to each other.