Ian Burrell: Championing real women helps Essentials to buck the trend

The circulations of many women’s magazines are falling off a cliff. It’s partly down to the recession. When supermarket aisles are less crowded there are fewer people to make impulse purchases at their news-stands. And celebrity titles seem less attractive when the sumptuous lifestyles of the featured stars seem so far out of reach.

Ian Burrell: Championing real women helps Essentials to buck the trend

The circulations of many women's magazines are falling off a cliff. It's partly down to the recession. When supermarket aisles are less crowded there are fewer people to make impulse purchases at their news-stands. And celebrity titles seem less attractive when the sumptuous lifestyles of the featured stars seem so far out of reach.

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Per Denez: Writer and scholar who sought recognition for the Breton language and culture

When the Breton writer and scholar Per Denez was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wales in 1985, he was astonished to hear its chancellor, Prince Charles, say how sorry he was not to be able to address him in his own language. He had never received such courtesy in France and was more used to the insults which the French state habitually flings at those who work on behalf of the Breton language and its culture. The remark remained with him as a sign of the comparatively kinder treatment received by the Welsh, especially from their national university, where the language and literature of Wales have been taught for a hundred years or more.

Shirley Eskapa: Author whose book on extramarital affairs provoked wide debate

Shirley Eskapa was a novelist whose fiction ranged from short stories and novellas to full-blooded sagas with international settings. The subject matter often mirrored the concerns of her non-fiction work Woman Versus Woman (1984), which examined the strategies adopted by women over a husband’s extramarital affair. She interviewed several hundred divorced husbands, wives and former mistresses, and concluded that men had a built-in propensity to stray whether the marriage was happy or not. She counselled wives not to blame themselves, but to wait for the “crisis of ecstasy” to burn itself out or to mount a subtle campaign aimed at diminishing the Other Woman.

Letter from the i editor: I have a confession

I have a confession I am a little nervous of making, given the extreme reactions we get to this subject: I don’t do crosswords.

Hannons' horse-trading puts flesh on the dream

So here they all were again, the agents and trainers and pin-hookers, appraising adolescent horses against their own, sober budgets and the deranged monologue of the auctioneers. While some had already been skirmishing overseas, in France or America, for many British and Irish professionals yesterday marked the resumption of a cycle as perennial and perplexing as migration: the yearling sales, this gruelling, addictive ritual, where over the coming weeks millions of pounds will ferment in the interstices of romance and commerce.

Magazine's model battleship that will cost £830 in parts

Readers of a magazine offering the chance to build a model of the battleship HMS Hood will have to pay a staggering £830 to collect all the parts needed to complete it.

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