MADELEINE'S JOURNAL, by Mn. Robert Henrey (Dent, 16s.).
By Barbara Wall
if RS. HENREY is by now so wellJ-Vlestablished in the hearts of the English-reading public that anything she writes is publishable: Her "Madeleine" books have brought this about more than her Normandy farm or her Piccadilly-village ones.
'The "Madeleine" hooks are autobiographical, and so far we have had
▪ four of them in less than four years, I fancy. By far the best was the first,
• the story of the author's childhood in M Montmartre. The present volume is, it g_ would seem, sheer "padding," to P. keep the public going . . . until
Iff. It is Madeleine's contemporary S journal, though several flashback ..rs" episodes are related to make weight. 7Otherwise there are telephone con= = versations with friends about clothes, -11 conversations with caretakers and
carpenters and postmen, shopping ex
peditions along Bond Street-all .7r sprightily described. but not, it must be admitted, very interesting. And
there are selections from the author's TE. fan mail.
▪ Mrs. Henrey's reviewers commend E. her for her femininity and she ex • ploits it to the full. One morning she E. goes to her bank. "Every morning in .5a corner of the hug room the direc • tors hold what I thinkis a meeting. I see them seated at the round table s looking solemn, even the young ones. What do they discuss? These are ▪ things that a woman will eternally have to guess at?'