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King Edward VII and Some Other Figures. By Ruaraidh Erskine of Marr. (Dent. 8s. 6d.) In this genial series of studies of the great men of his own time Ruaraidh Erskine of Marr opens with a reference to Marsiglio of Padua, a name of great power in history, and even in English history, as students of the Reformation will know. The reference to Marsiglio introduces a study of King Edward VII, and there are sketches of Gladstone and Redmond, of Asquith and Parnell, of Lord Granville and Arthur Balfour, and a final essay on " History add Personality."

The book is written in a graceful style and with a certain humility, as appears from the record of a conversation between the author and Arthur Balfour on page 133. It would he flattering perhaps to say the author reveals any new depths in the characters whom he studies. It is a book to while away an idle hour, in which the easy inconsequence of the author and a certain echo of eighteenth century style will entertain the imagination or the mind.

R.S.

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Sky Gipsy. By Claudia Cranston. (Harrap. 10s. 6d.) Twenty-five thousand miles by flying clipper ship over South America: this might be too much of a high speed travel

book, but it isn't. Its author, an IrishAmerican woman journalist, is a delightful traveller, and knows when to linger where. Her book is bright and interesting, and it is written gaily by one who is very impressionable and happily gifted with the power to recreate her vivid impressions.

Why isn't this sort of book used for teaching geography? It is completely readable and is well stocked with knowledgeand since it is an air-cruise story it should go down well with our present-day prep. schools.

Incidentally the book is a capital advertisement for Pan-American Airways.




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