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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).

He who dares wins full marks for showing off in exams

Some leading British female academics told The Independent yesterday that male students are rewarded for showing off, while women tend to play safe when it comes to passing exams.

Snaps from an age gone by

FLICKERBOOK by Leila Berg Granta Books pounds 15.99

Man to man

Neil Lyndon joined the blokes down at the Pike and Eel on Saturday. But not to sink a few pints. He was there to witness the birth pangs of a national men's movement - or was it a false alarm?

Letter: Battle lines drawn on abortion law

Sir: We are outraged that anti-abortion MPs are yet again planning to attack abortion legislation this autumn. The idea that the general public are now demanding new laws to restrict abortion, as Ann Winterton MP suggests, is misguided.

A lost mother, a lost world; BOOK REVIEW

The Scent of Dried Roses Tim Lott Viking, pounds 16

What happens when Dorothy finally gets fed up with Gary?

Men will have to shape up, says Yvette Cooper

'I won't have that woman near me'

The ninth Hay-on-Wye festival meanders on its pleasant course, with just the occasional white-water rapid

RADIO : An Archer goes to Ealing

AS THE Boccherini minuet tinkled out, Mrs Wilberforce suffered a sweet, sad spasm of nostalgia. Her father, she said, had engaged a string quartet for her 21st birthday party, and, as they played that very tune, news came that the old Queen had died, and the party broke up. "All that time ago," she sighed, "in Pangbourne."

BIOGRAPHY IN BRIEF

2 Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning by Julia Markus, Bloomsbury pounds 20.

Letter: Feminist oversight

From Ms Jacqueline Rose

Can anyone help me with a small sexual problem?

A BIT rough, since you ask. Loss of appetite, spots before the eyes, giddiness, hacking cough, inability to, what was it? Concentrate. General feverish malaise, not helped by ludicrous joke Cro-Magnon "builders" still hammering outside the window. "Nar, weebie dunter day, moite," they proclaim, as they have proclaimed every day for 11 months: a special builders' use of the phrase, meaning "et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum." So far, redress has been denied me, but now the cold weather is here, the old bucolic remedy is within my grasp: a jar of Bovril, a mallet and a frost-hardened parsnip.

BOOKS; IN BRIEF

2 The Virago Book of Women Gardeners edited by Deborah Kellaway (pounds 16.99).

LETTER: Greer's premise

From Mr Douglas Rimmer

Slave to Daddy

Keening wails and five-hour breakfasts: Christina Patterson on an addition to pater-familiar literature

another view:Let's hear it from Herself

A pox on the pusillanimous pundits who would ban the Princess of Wales from the box. What would they have her do - compose a retaliatory haiku? Let's face it, a more televisual creature never bestrode a multi- gym. The woman is a navy-blue-blooded Anthea Turner. Lunge a Pentax at her bottle-blonde highlights and she sizzles. Public criss-crossing of the scarcely-Versaced royal thighs has become a performance art.
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