23 JULY 1927, Page 33

Modern houses are planned primarily with regard to labour- saving,

convenience, and the cost of materials, and the keynote of a modern garden is " simplicity and a subtle sense of the fitness of things." It is because we understand nowadays how necessary it is that materials or plants should be suited to the function they are to perform and to their immediate surroundings, that modern architecture and garden-planning are for the most part so successful.- The Modern English House and The Modern English Garden (two attractive volumes published by Country Life at 21s. each) arc of real value to that very considerable public who wish for and work for an oven more beautiful land to live in than we already have. Each book contains a short and useful introduction and some twor hundred delightful photographs of well-planned

houses and gardeps• with descriptive text.

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