Edited by Irving Drutman, a folio of Janet Flanner's New Yorker (Genet) ""Letters from London""--London, ""the home of habit. History has settled there quietly."" There's a substantial portrait of Queen Mary, that heroic hostess whether in toques or parures, collector, shopper, gift-giver; more than you might remember about Mrs. Wallis Simpson and the abdication, ""like a funeral."" In between and after that, there's the political and cultural commentary which is so much a part of these on-the-scene observations--music, theater, books, etc. Even then there were shortages (paper) and increasingly oppressive taxes. . . . A book which should wander easily from the coffee to the bedside table--flawlessly casual reportage along with 75 photographs.