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READABLE NOVEIS.—Madam. By Ethel Sidgwick. (Sidg-svick and Jackson. 7s. 6d.

net.)—A fantastic tune played with a slightly staccato touch. Tho war is portrayed as a solvent, and we have a groom, a soldier, a typist, a hardened beauty, and a demi-mondaine in solution. But "Henry," though not the hero, is a character apart, of whose creation we think even Mr. Locke might have been proud.—Torchlight. By Baroness Leonie Aminoff. (Dent and Sons. 8s. net.)—" Revolution" is very appropriately the sub-title of a book which owes all its significance to the intrinsically dramatic setting of the French Revolution. There are episodes which purport to describe the Emperor Napoleon before his exaltation, and there is a most unattractive heroine.—She who was Helena Cass. By Lawrence Rising. (Hodder and Stoughton. 8s. 6d.)—An American story of a disappearance and other adventures in Spain. Duly exciting but improbable.—Mainicaring. By Maurice Hewlett. (W. Collins and Sons. 7s. 6d.)—A clever, exaspemtirg novel about a revolutionary politician who marries a working girl—a servant. The author is all the time concerned that the grandes dames in the book should be grandes dames, thus often forgetting to make them human beings.