¶ "Light fiction, especially detective stories," has been the chief convalescent literary diet prescribed for George V, but last week His Majesty was allowed to delve into a fairly hefty tome, his new biography by discreet old Sir George Compton Archibald Arthur, 69, onetime private secretary to Lord Kitchener, whom he also biographed.

Only one page of the tome could be called exciting enough to send a tingle or two up the royal spine as His Majesty sat reading in the bright cosy library at Sandringham. Glowingly Sir George...

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