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ALIEN CORN. By Phyllis Hambledon. (Sampson Low, Marston and Co.

7s. 6d.)—This delightful story is con- cerned with the marriage of a girl of Polish origin, but brought up in Bohemian circles in France, with a typical member of the English commercial middle classes. Henry Harvey with his inarticulateness, honesty, and devotion is an attractive and pathetic figure. and Jeanne von Gatinski is a charming creature who makes the best of the strange setting in which she finds herself. The Harvey family, married and unmarried, are all exceedingly well drawn, and the situation when Miranda, one of the married daughters, tries to run away with an organist and comes back even before she gets to Dover is described with considerable insight and humour. Inevitably Jeanne falls in love with the one artistic member of the business firm, but the end of the affair will be a surprise to the reader. The book, if slight, is charmingly written and will please a large number of readers who do not like too great a strain to be put upon their brains when they read fiction.