21 NOVEMBER 1908, Page 12


Close to Nature's Heart. By William McConachie, B.D. With Frontispiece. (W. Blackwood and Sons. 3s. 6d. net.)—The writer of these sketches is minister of Lauder, and the Nature that he describes with fond minuteness lies for the most part close round the manse. He is a good observer of plants and birds, and also an angler. The chapter on parish records touches on various matters of historic curiosity. Several of the papers have appeared in magazines. They are written with some charm of style, much careful observation, and a slight touch of sadness. Yet there is very little that has not been noticed and said before. How could it be otherwise when books like this are pouring from the publishers' houses P They are, however, read without effort, and Mr. McConachie has a pleasant way of writing which places him above many competitors in this branch of literature.