Books: RECENT & READABLE, Jun. 14, 1954

An English Year, by Nan Fairbrother. An Englishwoman's beautifully written reflections on changing nature, growing children and the wonders of life in general (TIME, June 7).

Madame de Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford. A life of Louis XV's dazzling mistress, done up in rich literary brocades by a fine British writer (TIME, June 7).

Chinese Gordon: The Story of a Hero, by Lawrence & Elisabeth Hanson. A first-rate biography of the odd but dazzling fish who was Victorian England's shining knight (TIME, May 31).

The Golden Echo, by David Garnett. A British novelist's memoirs of a wacky and celebrity-studded youth (TIME, May 24).

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