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READABLE NOVELS.—The Progress of Prudence. By W. F. Hewer. (Mills

and Boon. 6s.)—An ingenious account of how a London flower-girl inherits a large fortune and becomes the feminine equivalent of a country gentleman. Her progress in the polite arts is perhaps incredibly brilliant.—Designing Fate. By John Sandes. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—An Australian novel with much exciting adventure and told with considerable energy and picturesqueness.—Broken Music. By Phyllis Bottome. (Hutchinson and Co. 6e.)—This novel is entirely concerned with French people and French life. It is a tragedy, but a gentle and pathetic tragedy. The character of the hero is well realized.—Pariah and Brahmin. By Austin Philips. (Smith, Elder, and Co. 6s.)—This book is a companion volume to the author's earlier work, The Common Touch, and deals with the life of a lower-grade clerk in the Post Office. It is difficult to believe that the prejudice of the hero's official superiors would lead them to be so extremely unjust to his work.