Books: All Held Hands

EVA'S APPLES — William Gerhardi — Duffield ($2.50).

Thinly disguised under the synonym Ottercove, Lord Newspaper-Magnate Beaverbrook appears in Gerhardi's new book, avowedly "pure and unmixed, except for the obvious extravaganza." But Beaver-brook's life has been so rich in extravaganza that the fictitious is not always obvious. Ottercove rides in a Winged Chariot, a comfortable limousine that darts down London streets or rises quietly into the air far above traffic and turmoil. He promises Protegé Dickon (Gerhardi himself in disguise) his greatest evening paper as wedding present, but reneges. He begets a son...