This comes nearer to having the quality of Inheritance than anything Phyllis Bentley has written. A long, leisurely novel of English life in a textile mill town, and the relations of the two families most closely concerned with the mills form the pivot around which the story is built. In the development of the plot we follow the pattern of England's industrial graph through a generation and a half, against a background of changing social and political custom and thought. A few of the characters emerge as vital human beings, while some of them remain lay figures. But on the whole it is a vigorous piece of writing, slated for a good sale.