A thoroughly charming and polished brief for the cultivation of hobbies -- particularly painting. Recognizing the need in modern life for "relief, repose, refreshment" Churchill covers the many forms of diversion and the development of new pleasures in a change of occupation, and proceeds to underline the especial values of painting. As fun, as an incentive, as a companion, as a study, as a mental and physical exercise -- he makes his points with telling case and smooth winningness, and gives his personal experiences with modest originality. A seductive introduction to personal participation in what is often felt to be an impossible field of activity (audacity is the "ticket") this should have a plus sale for the readers of his memoirs and prove of interest in art sections everywhere. Illustrated with 18 plates in color as evidence that his hobby has proved itself. Having sold 60,000 in England, this will have heavy advertising from the publisher, with postcards and display cards available to bookstores.