A thoroughly entertaining book, this story of old Matthew Royston's 95th birthday, a day which, from breakfast to the family dinner party, precipitates climaxes for each member of his numerous family. The crux of the matter is old Matthew's insistence on the presence of Stephen and his mistress. There is sly humor and a sense of drama in the unfolding of the story. Remember George Arliss in Old English -- and that success of two seasons back, Dinner at Eight -- and the current play, The Distaff Side -- three utterly different plays, but this novel suggests in one facet or another, each one in turn. Given a good send-off, here's a book that should have a chance for popularity.