29 OCTOBER 1937, Page 38


By Elizabeth Fairhohne ,and Pamela Powell The authors of this enthusiastic little book agree with Kenneth Grahame that if . there is nothing—absolutely noth- ing—half so much worth doing as simply' messing about in boats . ." And when boats are laid up for the winter; books like A Dinghy On the London River (Peter Davies, 7s. 6d.) take their place • and messing about continues at• the fireside. There is nothing original about this book. It simply tells how the. authors learned to sail a dinghy on the Thames at Hammersmith, then sailed: to Burnham and back. Hundreds of dinghy sailors could tell the same story—j, many have and others no doubt will—. and every one of them will enjoy reading how the same old howlers are still com4. mined and the same triumphs enjoyed. The whimsical heartiness of the authors:, Style may annoy the more sophisticated, -amateur, - but it is as authentically clinghyi' es their nicknames Liz, and Poo, an& anything saltier *child