MEETING WW1 .1 A PA N. by Fosco Mantini (Hutchinson, 50s.)
THE war is now sufficiently for gotten to permit a renewed flourish of interest in Japan. The country and the customers are unique and so alien to Western civilisation that they have a particular fascinating. This interest is very comprehensively satisfied in
It is unusual to find a book covering' such a wide field to be so completely absorbing as it is in this case. The superb photographs, including some excellent colour reproductions, make the book handsome as well as informative, and the little thumbnail sketches are particularly attractive. It is perhaps a pity that a few more illustrations of Japanese , painting have not been included. Nevertheless it is a most unsual 1 and interesting book.
THIS book will have us male devotees also. It is "The Observer's Book of Cats" by Grace Pond (Warne, 5s.), The main joy in the book. apart from its concise history of the many and varied breeds, is the illustrations, many in attractive colour, from giant balls of Persian fluff, to spiky-furred kittens swimming, tails bolt upright, in a Turkish stream.