The Four Last Things. By Saint Thomas More. Edited by D. O'Connor (Burns, Oates and Washbourne. 2s. 6d. net.) The Four Last Things, left unfinished, was written when St. Thomas was at the Court of Henry VIII. This edition is a reproduction with a few alterations from Rastell's book, published in 1557, The Workes of Sir Thomas More. Knyght, sometyme Lorde Chauncellour of England, wrytten by him in the Englysh tonge. It is typical of More's mingled piety and wit in dealing with the material pleasures of life.
A Spiritual Consolation anti Other Treatises. By St. John Fisher (Burns, Oates and Washbourne. 2s. 6d. net.) Here are three short treatises written by John of Rochester, reproduced with only the alterations in spelling and punctuation necessary to assist the modern
reader. The Spiritual Consolation was written with the second treatise, the Way to Perfect Religion, during Fisher's imprisonment in the Tower, and they were addressed to a Dominican nun; the Sermon on the Passion was preached on a Good Friday of uncertain date, and each is a fine example of personal and spiritual writing.
Red, Green and Anther. By Peter Traill. (Grayson. 7s. 6d.) Short stories do not go down well these days for the best of reasons: 0. Henry revolutionised the art of the short story and created a standard that none have attained and few have even aimed at.
In Red, Green and Amber, Peter Traill, advancing rapidly and deservedly among our novelists, shows vividness of picturisation, economy of words, and the ability to spring a natural surprise that make the short story a difficult art and a worthwhile practice. Mr. Traill, whose every publication goes one better than his last, has, at times, chosen an unworthy theme, but he has never treated it unworthily.
Saint John Bosco. By F. A. Forbes.
(Burns, Oates and Washbourne. 2s. 6d. net.) Stressing particularly the amazingly active life of Saint John Bosco, Mother Forbes's book is concise and well-written. Starting with the circumstances of his birth and his equally active mother's fight against poverty, she goes on to describe Bosco's early wish to become a priest, his' instinct for building schools and churches, and, subsequently, the expansion of his work throughout the world.