Bad writing can still keep readers gripped | Brief letters | Books

  19 Nov 2018

I don’t know which is the sadder comment about the BBC – the Trumpian misogynistic 3am tweet about prize-winning reporter Carole Cadwalladr coming from the host of one of the broadcaster’s most high-profile political shows, or that the female BBC journalists who have complained don’t want to be identified because of potential “repercussions” (Senior women at BBC complain to bosses over Neil’s ‘mad cat’ tweet, 17 November).
Peter Grimsdale
(Former BBC executive), London

When will journalists stop co-locating Hadrian’s Wall with the Anglo-Scottish border (Scotland can thank England for Graham, Sport, 14 November)? Gary Graham already plays rugby four or five miles north of the wall (at the Falcons’ ground at Kingston Park, Newcastle); Scotland starts about 50 miles further north.
Peter Lowe
Newcastle upon Tyne

Dan Brown says that the cure for writer’s block is to write something bad that nobody will ever see (The Da Vinci workload, G2, 19 November). But he underestimates himself: he has mastered the trick of writing something bad that lots of people see, and clearly enjoy.
Angela Barton
Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

To print one letter quoting Lady Bracknell in reference to Theresa May’s travails may be regarded as amusing, but to print two in a week looks like carelessness (Letters, 12 and 16 November).
Dave Hunter

Surely a £5,000 fall in house prices (Report, 19 November) is welcome news for those struggling to get on the property ladder?
Lulu Pollock
Kirkburton, West Yorkshire

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