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Seduction gets a mixed press. In 1938, the singer Frank Sinatra was charged with the crime of seduction "for enticing a woman of good repute to engage in sexual intercourse upon his promise of marriage". The case was dropped when it appeared the woman was already married. The writer Georges Simenon also managed to "seduce" 20,000 women, but mainly on the strength of the French Franc. So leaving out deceit and bribery, do you know which techniques actually work? Tick your two likeliest answers to each question.
Macmillan are going to publish Love Letters of Great Men, an invention by the makers of the film version of Sex and the City which, until now, didn't exist. The book, which Carrie reads while in bed with her lover Mr Big, and which he copies and sends in emails in order to woo her back after leaving her standing at the altar, includes letters by Pliny, Henry VIII, Mozart and Napoleon. Leaving aside the question of whether Henry VIII, divorced from two wives and murderer of two more, should be feted as an example of how to woo a woman, I am not convinced that sending love letters is the way to a woman's heart.