No shelf respect for the suffragettes | Brief letters

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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”.
Alison Botterill
Cardiff

• 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
Nottingham

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Source : https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/16/no-shelf-respect-for-the-suffragettes