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LETTER: Forget the book, let's see what he looks like

WELL, chaps, now it's our turn to find out how the cattle market's run ("The reading woman's crumpet", 2 April). Suzi Feay's article put me in mind of an experience a couple of years ago, when the publicist assigned to one of my novels was trying to tempt Elle magazine into running a review. Word came back from the magazine that the decision was in the balance and that they'd asked to see a photograph of the author. A photograph was sent over; the review never ran.

Obituary: Kimberley Leston

The sudden and shocking death of the writer Kimberley Leston at the age of 35 has deeply saddened those of us who knew and loved her, while also depriving many others of her resonant and contemporary voice.

Real Life: You think these suits look similar? Silly old you: Sophia Chauchard-Stuart on this autumn's major fashion con trick

ON the cover of this month's Elle magazine a neon-pink headline proclaims the 'New- Look Powerdressing'. Sharp- suited models fill the pages. The skirts are short and tight, the jackets fitted, heels high and lipstick red. The shoulder pads seem to have gone, but otherwise these suits look exactly like the ones everyone was wearing in 1988. Oh goodie, many women will have thought, because I still have 1988's clothes hanging in the wardrobe. All I have to do to save myself a lot of money is take the shoulder pads out.
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