29 JANUARY 1927, Page 24


ADAM- IN MOONSHINE. By - J. B. Priestley: - (11e. mann. 7s. 6d.)—As an essayist, Mr. Priestley has so frequss ' lifted the. thin curtain which screens the world of magic f that of everyday that it is riot surprising'is first novel sho

be pure fantasy. -

It all happens very naturally. , Adam. Stewart, sitting a corner seat of a rattling railway carriage, reflected " Life seemed determined that either you should- see * enchantment of things but remain miserably outside, a lost, or that you should be inside, welconied and snug, compelled to suffer a speedy disenchantment, your a eaten. ' No sooner had he finished his gloomy reverie the adventures he had longed for began. The journey en and Adam from being a quite ordinary young man fo ' himself in the role of a new Young Pretenderthe last ' of the Stuarts. He was taken prisoner by , detectives rescued by a horde of beautiful ladies, with most of s -he fell in love in strictly honourable. rotation.

- If there were explanations the whole thing would be abs but so well does the author know what not to say the story is as credible as a fairy tale. The book ends, as it begins, at a railway station. A became an ordinary person again. But he walked hen " because he was carrying on his back, away into sat a whole new magical world."