30 MAY 1925, Page 26


The Farthing Spinster. By Catherine Dodd. (Jarrolds. 7s. 6d. net.)—For the second time within a few weeks a' book is published in which it is necessary to include a family tree of the characters for the elucidation of the reader. The present novel concerns three women of the Farthing family all bearing the Christian name of Jellis. Of the three the late eighteenth-century example is by far the most attractive. The whole story is very charming reading, and the account of the school kept by Miss Farthing and Miss Jellis Farthing about the time of Waterloo is very attractive. It implies that Miss Pinkerton's method of instruction was not the only one current when the nineteenth century was "in its teens."