20 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 14


Sm,—In one of his admirable and invaluable radio talks to the United States, Mr. J. B. Priestley sponsored the cause of English writers and urged people here to buy and read English books. As a result the British Books Committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Sir Robert Mayer, with a view to achieving this aim. The Committee hopes not merely to help, in a practical way, writers and publishers, but also to contribute towards strengthening the ties between the two countries. We are now in communication with the British Publishers Association, but feel that many of your readers also will be interested

in this project.—Faithfully yours, J. B. Ortruct, Secretary, British Books Committee. The British Library of Information, co Rockefeller Plaza. New York.