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Arthur Henderson. By Mary Agnes Hamilton. (Heinemann, 15s.) Reviewed by ANTHONY MOURIVIEFF While it is an undeniable fact that Arthur Henderson was almost wholly lacking in the glamour that has surrounded so many of Labour's former leaders, none was more representative of the movement. If today the legend that British Labour was indistinguishable from Bolshevism has been effectively killed it is in no small measure to the patient, kindly man who built up Labour's electoral machine.

Mrs. Hamilton, as a former Labour M.P. and Government delegate to Geneva, was perhaps better suited than any other biographer to write the life of her former chief. She has written a book that is deeply interesting as a human record and of real psychological value in enabling the reader to understand a section of workingclass life that is still vigorous and the foundations of which may be said to be its staunch adherence to Nonconformity.

As a political record this book is also of value. Mrs. Hamilton sheds new and interesting light upon Labour's attitude and divisions during the Great War, while not the least interesting part of the book are the chapters dealing with Arthur Henderson's work at the Foreign Office. Few will be able to read unmoved the story of his far-seeing desire to arrive at a real understanding with Germany, based on equity and charity, and most readers will, I think, regret that the views of such men were not allowed to prevail in those fateful post-war years when a real League of Nations could and should have been built up. The Europe of 1938 would have been very different . . .

How to Write and Sell Film Stories, by Frances Marion (John Miles, 2s, 6d.). The film industry calls for practical people to succeed in its exacting work. Writers have to toe the line as do the actors. Miss Marion puts things very directly, and to hear out her principles includes at the end of her book the full shooting script of Marco Polo by Robert Sherwood. Deadly practical handbook. written by a technician for interested amateurs.




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