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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).

Books: You killed the man I loved

Richard Gott is moved by a son's attempt to understand the father he never knew

New Feminism? Not while we have Old Misogyny

A JOURNALIST left a message on my answering machine last week, saying she was writing an article about the New Feminism. When I returned her call, she startled me by asking my opinion of Germaine Greer's book The Whole Woman, the long-awaited sequel to The Female Eunuch. Not only have I not read the volume in question, it hasn't even been written - Ms Greer has been profiled in several newspapers in recent days because she has just signed a contract with a publisher for the project. Prescient though I am sometimes accused of being, especially since my own book outlining the dangers of the role adopted by Princess Diana was published in the week of her death, I didn't see how I could have a view on a work which exists only as an idea in its author's head. When I said something along these lines, the journalist persisted. What she really wanted to know was whether, after all these years, Germaine Greer had anything left to say to women. Aren't we all supposed to be adherents of the New Feminism these days, following the programme set out in Natasha Walter's book of that name?

LITERATURE: The glitter band

If you wanted to revisit 1850s England, Dickens would seem an obvious starting point. If, on the other hand, you wanted an insight into the years book-ended by Heath and Thatcher, the choice is more perplexing. You could just as easily, say, flick on UK Gold or pump up the Jam as hunt down a copy of 1985, Anthony Burgess's nightmare of an over-unionised UK.

Greer paid pounds 1/2m for new 'Female Eunuch'

GERMAINE GREER is to join battle with the so-called New Feminism after selling the sequel to her seminal book The Female Eunuch for pounds 500,000.

The personal is still political: Oh, how I yearn for some fire, some passion

Somewhere, possibly over the rainbow among the unicorns and the fairies, lives a far more mythical creature, the militant feminist. People talk about this creature with awe and disdain. Paxo on Newsnight kept banging on about militant feminists and how horrible they had been to Ted Hughes over Sylvia Plath. Militant feminists were also apparently responsible for enabling women to have the abortions that so many women who are not militant feminists have every day. Militant feminists have stopped young women looking lovely and they have made a younger generation scared of identifying themselves with the F-word. The only militant feminist I remember meeting was a woman at Greenham who cut bits out of the fence and hung them around her belt. We called her Metal Mickey. God she was militant, she said that all metal was a male conspiracy and she was reclaiming its power. She was barking, and looked liked Stig of the Dump. I feel somehow she is unlikely to be selected as a prospective Labour candidate, but that is their loss.

It's official: men are brutes, women are a higher life form

The female orgasm

Motoring: Not all good things come in little packages

My Worst Car: Jenny Agutter's Fiat 500

Greer savages `dung beetle' biographer

An unauthorised look at the feminist's life has inflamed the privacy row

Grey matter: how Liz grew up

There comes a moment when a woman must stop dyeing and start to live an honest life. Elizabeth Taylor's time has come.

The Booker that's stranger than fiction

Beginning today! Exclusive extracts from this year's Booker Prize Novel! And it's not the Booker Prize winner we're talking about - oh no, it's the world's first ever novel about the Booker Prize!

Fellows divided over don who breached last bastion

Fellows at Cambridge University's only remaining all-women college yesterday spoke out in favour of Dr Rachel Padman, a trans-sexual woman don, staying at the college.

A bad week for Australia just got worse ...

It was radical Germaine at her most fiery. In a blistering attack on the racism of her native land, Dr Germaine Greer said last week that she would never return to live in Australia unless Aboriginal sovereignty was acknowledged, went on to demand that the Upper House in Canberra be composed entirely of Aborigines, and observed that all white Australians were secretly slightly mad.

Not making up is hard to do

Especially when that tiny dab of mascara is the only thing standing between your piggy little eyes and an unforgiving world... It's OK, says Emma Cook. Addiction to make-up is very normal in an intelligent, well- adjusted woman...

Will men surrender to the Fluffragettes?

They will pout their way to power. Feminism is the forbidden F- word
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee