From Methuen yesterday came Detective No. 1 by Fletcher Pratt, a remarkable account of the work of Ellis Parker, a celebrated American criminal detective. His statement, that he did not believe Hauptmann to be guilty, caused a furore throughout the States, a short while ago.
From Cassell came The Battle Ground, by Hilaire BeIloc and in the Second Year by Storm Jameson. Mr. Belloc went to Syria and the Holy Land to write his book. Battleground as Palestine has been since the dawn of history, he declares that this role is not yet played out, and that the Great War no more settled the problems of Palestine than the Assyrian campaign of 824 B.C. Problems of politics and creed have yet to be fought out there. The book is offered at 12s. 6d.
Miss Jameson's novel describes what England would be like patrolled by a citizen army fanatically obedient to a dictator.
Chatto and Windus announce some very popular reprints at 3s. 6d., having among them Peking Picnic and Ginger Griffin by Anne Bridge, Women must Work by Richard Aldington, and The Salutation by Sylvia Townserid Warner.