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LIGHT FICTION.

ELLEN OF BRINGARD. By Wilkinson Sherren. (Cecil Palmer. 7s. 6c1.) " Talk we of slaughter," says the beautiful Ellen to her Druidic father, dee., dm.

7= BEAUTY or MARTHA. By Nellie McClung. (Hutchinson.

78. 6d.) Canadian glee book. bliss Alcott up to date.

REPROBATES. By Fionnarola. (Heath Cranton. 7s. 6d.) Repentant playwright laments bad influence and marries in reparation.

FIFTY FIFTY. By A. Neil Lyons. (Thornton Butterworth. 78. 6d.) Forty-two short stories-slight, humorous, original.

BENEATH AN ARDENT SUN. By Frank Fox. (Hodder and Stoughton. 78. 6d.) A passionate widow makes love.

THE PROGRESS OF ANTHONY RENWICK. By Alexander Watson. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. 6d.) His progress makes slow reading.

HOUNDED Dowx. By David Durham. (Hodder and Stoughton.

2s. 6d.) Highly colourel adventures of lady who believes herself married to burglar.

Tim SHADOW'S EDGE. By Frederick Bending. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. Od.) Outdoor detective tale, murders, long lost relations, .fm.

Tun WANDERER OF THE WASTELAND. By Zane Grey. (Hodder and Stoughton. 78. 6c1.) A story proving that the soli- tudes of Colorado make men savages or mystica.

(Continued on page 766.) 'ORAEE AND CO. By P. Morton Howard. (Methuen. 6s.)

Good light comedy. The adventures of four inshore 'mariners who band themselves together for a scheme of their own and incidentally enliven the cruise of a quiet family party.

THE CHAIN. By Charles Towne. (Putnam*. 7s. 6d. net.) Er. Towne Is a well-known fiire,in New York. His novel is about that city, and though much of it seeing curiously .old-fashioned and amodi, there is a clever picture of the hard, well turned-out, competent type of American young women. It is a pleasant, readable book.

BODIES AND SOULS. By Shaw- Desmond. (Duckworth.

7s. 6d. net.) Readers who can appreciate profound studies of sexual problems should avoid this book ; but it is not entirely without merit, and people whose senses somewhat outweigh their sense will find some excite- ment and little harm in it.

OLD Ficirrma DAYS. By E. R. Puns/urn. (John Bale, Sons and Danielsson, Ltd. 7s. 6d. net.) Hr. Punshon shows amazing ingenuity. To arrange without too heavily straining credulity that his hero should tight his villain to save Britain from a Napoleonic plot, to win the proofs of his own nobility and wealth and the hand of Lucille de la Gevrilliere, daughter of an entive marquis, is surely a triumph.

THE Puzzi.t. By Lee Thayer. (Hurst and Blacken. 7s. 6d. net.) A dead man with a broken neck, a snowy lawn on which only the corpse's own footsteps show, form the elemente of a very pretty mystery, which holds the reader's attention to the and.