Butter won’t melt in kids’ mouths? Tough | Brief letters | Life and style

Laurie Penny (In science fiction, the future is feminist, 14 June) writes enthusiastically about female sci-fi writers of past and present, deploring their dismissal by sexists and literary snobs, but does not mention the brilliant book that first introduced my generation and now Laurie Penny’s to many of those writers – In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction, by Sarah LeFanu, first published in 1988.
Michèle Roberts

How can Saskia Sarginson allow herself to be bullied by four adult children who are still living at home (‘My angry vegan offspring berate me for eating butter. I feel hounded’, Family, 17 June)? What right do these offspring have to criticise their parents’ choice of food? If they don’t like the situation, they have the obvious option of finding their own accommodation.
Patricia Rigg
Crowthorne, Berkshire

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