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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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Best Sellers: Hardbacks

1 The Whole Woman Germaine Greer/Doubleday pounds 16.99

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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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