7 DECEMBER 1901, Page 51

A Versailles Christmastide. By Mary Stuart Boyd. Illustrated by A.

S..Boyd. (Chatto and Windus. 6s.)—This is a charmingly written account of a few weeks spent at Versailles. "The Boy," who was at school there, WSW laid up with scarlet fever, and the father and mother were summoned from England. When he began to recover, they were able to appreciate the humours of the little town and the quaint ways of the inhabitants of the hotel, and out of them they have made a most attractive book. The descriptions of the Petit Trianon and of the Palace are a skilful blending of old and new. Mr. Boyd's illustrations are fall of character and spirit.