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

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

What a shameful comment from Amanda Spielman that some schools may have put food parcels above teaching (Report, 14 September). Before children can learn, they need to be safe, fed and secure. Those who are not require the greatest attention. If Marcus Rashford can work this out, surely the head of Ofsted can too.
Nick Bidmade
Corbridge, Northumberland

I almost choked on my tea when I read Wendy Musson’s letter (14 September). Milk in with the teabag? Has the world gone mad? I’d take floating scum any day of the week over a ruined cup of tea.
William Bartram
Hampton, London

Lord Frost “is faithfully serving his boss, but not his country” (Editorial, 15 September). Of course he is. That’s why he’s there.
Jenny Walton
Ormskirk, Lancashire

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