No shelf respect for the suffragettes | Brief letters
Misplaced books | Scathing critiques | Hungry children | Tea scum | Lord Frost
I empathise with Malorie Blackman who discovered her novels tucked away on a shelf marked “multicultural” (‘Hope is the spark’, 11 September). Some years ago, in a branch of a well-known chain looking for books on the suffragettes, I searched the history section and then the politics section with no success. A member of staff directed me to a tiny section marked “women’s studies”.
• When I was an undergraduate at Edinburgh, our philosophy lecturer was a Prof Walsh, whose book on David Hume I had avidly devoured. Spotting a Hume question in an exam paper, I immediately set forth Walsh’s interpretation, anticipating a good mark. I was disappointed to receive only 50%, accompanied by the wry comment: “Read Hume, not Walsh” (Letters, 15 September).
Dr Allan Dodds