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READABLE NOVELS.—Bambi. By Marjorie Benton Cooke. (Jerrold and Sons. 6s.)—Some

of Mies Cooke's dialogue is strained and affected, but much is clever: we feel that she is capable of more serious work.—Where There Are Women. By Marguerite and Armiger Barclay. (T. Fisher Unwin. 6a.) —This novel of an English girl in an Indian palace defies all the laws of probability; it is nevertheless light and amusing. —Souris. By Fay Myddleton. (Maunsel and Co. 6a.)— Although Miss Myddleton bases her appeal on emotion rather than on style, and makes abundant use of sudden deaths, her story is pretty and pathetic enough.—Cicely in Ceylon. By Major F. A. Symons. (Lynwood and Co. 6.)—The author of this pleasant romance gives us love-interest and local odour at fairly regular intervals ; of the two, the latter in better and less highly coloured.—The Ideal Sinner. By S. Beach Chester. (Herbert Jenkins. fie.)—Mr. Chester had a good idea for his plot ; but he has only succeeded in writing • magazine story about second-rate people.