Thank you, Tana French, for the book that changed your life – The Wind in the Willows (Books that made me, 31 October). When the friends, lost in the snowy, winter woods, come across a shoe-scraper, they know they’ve reached Mr Badger’s home and will be welcome and secure. Just what we want to read in these “lost in the woods” days.
Lewes, East Sussex
• What a lovely and salutary tribute from Sachin Nakrani in memory of sports journalist Kevin McCarra (Kevin McCarra was not only a great writer, he was a great man, 29 October). McCarra’s kind, “free of ego” character shines out like a ray of sunshine in these dark times when we are being “led” by such callous and deceitful people.
Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria
• I knew the second lockdown was casting us back towards the start of the year, but when I read Heather Stewart talk of “A No 10 operation that prides itself on slick communications” (Covid: how chilling projections prompted Johnson to lockdown, 1 November) I thought it must be 1 April instead of 2 November.
• Boris Johnson could now do himself, and the whole nation, a big favour by having Dominic Cummings electronically tagged.
Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
• If I wear a poppy in my lapel, is that virtue signalling (Virtue signalling: the culture war phrase now in BBC guidelines, 30 October)?
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire