30 MAY 1925, Page 26

Coral. By Compton Mackenzie. (Cassell. 7s. 6d. net.) —Mr. Compton

Mackenzie is decidedly more amusing when he is writing on the pomps and vanities of this wicked world than in his cycle of ecclesiastical novels. Coral, although it is supposed to be a sequel to that delightful book, Carnival, can be thoroughly grasped by readers who have either for- gotten the former work or have never read it. The present volume is an account of the marriage of what is called in the newspapers " a Society girl " to her father's chauffeur. The coincidence that the girl is the daughter of Jenny's lover, and the chauffeur the son of Jenny, does not seem to make very much difference to the comprehension of the story.