Country diary provides words of sanctuary in turbulent times

The supposed affection of cats (Yes, your cat really does love you… , G2, 25 September) is strongly suggested by the story of Doorkins Magnificat, the Southwark cathedral cat. The cathedral staff tell how, on the night before a previous dean’s funeral, Doorkins forsook her usual sleeping place and slept instead under the coffin. A Magnificat indeed.Rev Dr Peter PhillipsSwansea • Neither Bill Gates nor any other American can “legitimise” Narendra Modi (Bill Gates, don’t legitimise Narendra Modi with this award , Journal, 25 September). In these post-imperial days, India’s 600 million voters are enough. Meghnad DesaiLabour, House of Lords • In your article (Lundy wins another 50 years of the quiet life , 26 September), the warden of Lundy Island offered a sensible and heartwarming approach to life that might ease many of our current problems: “The nature of living on an island is that we all have to muck in to make sure everything is tickety-boo.” Richard BarnardWivenhoe, Essex • In turbulent times, many readers will have welcomed the calm and comfort of the country diary (Wenlock Edge , 26 September). A beautiful prose poem.Carol SibsonLondon
• Notice seen recently in the window of the bookshop in Fowey, Cornwall: “The Post-Apocalyptic Fiction section has been moved to Current Affairs”.Harry CavillCamberley, Surrey • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

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