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Madeleine St John, who died in 2006, was best known for her debut novel, The Women in Black (1993), and the Booker shortlisted The Essence of the Thing (1997).

The Sitters Tale: Germaine Greer

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the great feminist loves Rego's `portrait of intelligence'

Books: Two legs good, three legs bad?

Sacred Cows: Is Feminism Relevant to the New Millennium?

First Night: Acolytes chant the praises of Queen Nina

Nina Simone Meltdown/Royal Festival Hall London

Literary festival needs bailing out

BOB GELDOF, Doris Lessing and Tim Waterstone are among the supporters of London's first literary festival who have been asked to underwrite a pounds 55,000 overdraft to cover the debts left by the event.

Comedy; Lizard of Oz

SIR LES PATTERSON ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON

Box Office: Now Booking

A REWORKING of Aristophanes's Lysistrata by Germaine Greer (below) - which shows women refusing to have sex with their men to stop them fighting - promises to be a blend of comedy and feminism.

THEATRE: COMING ATTRACTIONS

Germaine Greer's comic skills were the toast of the Cambridge Footlights - and some would argue that feminism's gain has been the comedy world's great loss. Now she has managed to bring comedy and feminism together in her reworking of Aristophanes's Lysistrata, the play which shows women refusing to have sex with their men to stop them fighting a pointless war. Maybe if Monica Lewinsky had been brought up on this text, recent history would have been somewhat different. Remember, cynicism also started with the ancient Greeks.

Books: Best Sellers - Hardbacks

1 The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver/M.Jospeph pounds 18.99

Passion, intrigue and feng shui for the discerning reader

A best-seller about the young of the frog? His chapter on Napoleon and Frogspawn is a classic

192-PART GUIDE TO THE WORLD: PART 9: AUSTRALIA

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Best Sellers: Hardbacks

1 The Whole Woman Germaine Greer/Doubleday pounds 16.99

BOOKS: BEST-SELLERS CHARTS

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BOOK: PICK OF THE WEEK

You've read all her books. They transported and transformed you. I don't know who she was, that special writer, but there's a jolly high chance that she's in London this week. Margaret Atwood perhaps or Nadine Gordimer? Carol Ann Duffy or Doris Lessing? She's trying to decide what to read to you; she's going through her books, marking little passages with torn-off scraps of Post-it. Shall she bring the paperback? No, she's always preferred the cover of the first American hardback edition.

Book: Bestsellers

The big story this week concerns two women and their books. Girl Power reigns in the shops with a vengeance. Both titles have entered the top three of the non-fiction list after just one week lurking outside the top ten. Hardly surprisingly, given the world-wide fascination with Monica Lewinsky, sales of Monica's Story by Andrew Morton are outstripping those of Germaine Greer's The Whole Woman by over 30 per cent. I suspect that one of these doughty fighters will top the chart next week, and for several weeks to come. In fiction, Catherine Cookson has, at last, moved out of the doldrums to knock John Grisham from the top, while Sheila O'Flanagan and the Dublin firm of Poolbeg prove once more the luck of the Irish saga.
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on