2 NOVEMBER 1907, Page 41

The Story of Gloucestershire. By Norman Sawyer. (Norman Sawyer and

Co., Cheltenham. 2s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Sawyer has made good use of the opportunity afforded by the story of his county of giving an epitome of English social history without going outside its borders. The traces of the ancient British occupation, the enduring monuments left by the Romans, the -family fends of the Berkeleys and the Nevilles over the Berkeley estates, the Civil War, constitute well-defined periods in the history of the county ; and the life of the towns, those solidly built stone towns so characteristic of the district in the Modern Period, has come down to us with some detail. The author has touched on everything concerning -his subject, and has treated the whole on broad lines. The result is a readable

and instructive book, embracing the period of which history or science takes notice, from the geological and prehistoric times to that of the County Council.