THE SPARROW CHILD, by Meriol Trevor (Collins, 10s. 6d.).
THE bones of this hook are very good. The story combines the romantic past (in the form of a hidden Grail or chalice) and the scientific present (in the form of an experimental atomic station). This latter is threatening the peace of a lovely-sounding Cornish family homestead where the hero of the book, Philip Sparrow, is spending his holidays.
It is altogether a delightful book for the 10-year-old and upwards, and the charming and natural Catholic atmosphere of the family life is pleasant to feel. If it has one fault, I would say that there was just a title too much moralising in some of the grown-ups' conver
sation. JOAN NEWTON.