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READABLE NOVELS.—The Miracle. By Antrim Oriel. (A. Constable and Co.

6s.)—A novel of politics in the immediate future, written by one who seems to know a good deal, and can certainly draw recognisable portraits. The reader will think him hard on the Young Turks, and will be glad to find an amends in the postscript.—Betty Brent, Typist. By "Rita." (T. Werner Laurie. 6s.)—A vigorously written story of life among the "smart set," but strange in the extreme, and not for all readers. —The Luck of Norman Dale. By Barry Pain and James Blyth. (Eveleigh Nash. 6s.)—The moral is that it is better to be lucky than good. The practical advice is that some money may be made out of herrings, but more out of smuggling saccharine. Those who feel their virtue strong enough to resist these suggestions will be greatly entertained.—The Guardianship of Gabrielle. By E. Everett-Green. (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.)—A well-written, interesting, thoroughly wholesome story, if some- times a little out of touch with actual life.