What Abigail really did

Mr Felix Pirani Sir: Marianne Macdonald ("Picnic on the beach shows Abigail's nasty side", 1 February) calls the withdrawal of my book Abigail at the Beach from Sainsbury's shelves "a happy ending" to the tale of a Portsmouth woman who disapproved of it.But from the number of mistakes in her brief account of the plot, one must infer that she has not read the book.

Do you support censorship by a powerful retailer on the basis of quotations taken out of context? What might Ms Macdonald have said about Grimm's Fairy Tales or the Old Testament?

Yours faithfully, FELIX PIRANI London, WC2

2 February

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