Books: Books in War

With London's night life blacked out by war, British publishers last week were all set for a big book boom.

First boom signs: Penguin Books (6d.) were swamped with orders. Book clubs and rental libraries reported big new enrollments. Large stocks moved to libraries for evacuated children, army camps (favorites: Gone With the Wind, Northwest Passage, Anthony Adverse, the Bible). A brisk trade was reported in German dictionaries, purchased by British soldiers who, they said, want to be able to read the signs to Berlin.

Canceling few scheduled books, British publishers pushed books on war background and looked for...

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