19 MARCH 1921, Page 21

READABLE NOVELS. —The House of Silence. By C. N. and

A. M. Williamson. (Hodder and Stoughton. 3s. 6d. not.)— The adventures of two American women, one of whom chooses to marry an Egyptian Pasha. They both, when they get to Egypt, find that a " harim " is by no means a safe place of residence for women coming from the Western world.— The Gift of a Son. By Gabrielle Festing. (Holden and Harding- ham. 7s. 6d. net.)—A modern story, the theme of which is the imposition of a spurious baby as heir to an estate. The whole thing is cleverly contrived, and is much more credible than is usual in this sort of fiction.