Books: Gallant & Gay

INDEPENDENT MEMBER (363 pp.)—A. P. Herbert—Doubleday ($5).

Every Member of Parliament dies twice —once in the way of all flesh, but once, earlier, when he must rise to make his maiden speech. A polite mumble is par for the course. Only once in a blue moon can a new member move the old House to astonishment, amusement or anger.

Oxford University's Independent Member Alan Patrick Herbert turned the trick in 1935. With his back-bench seat scarcely two days warm, he bounced up brandishing a bill "to reform the indecent, hypocritical, cruel, and unjust marriage laws...

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