Mills and Boon author who saved refugees | Brief letters

Ida Cook | Hats and gloves | Native American land | Carols from King’s | Esperanto

How inspiring to read of the charity Safe Passage and its work (G2, 7 December) Safe Passage is also the title of the autobiography of Ida Cook, an “old girl” of my former school, the Duchess’s School in Alnwick, Northumberland, who under the pen name of Mary Burchill, wrote for Mills and Boon, using the money to fund trips to Europe with her sister to rescue refugees before the second world war. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things, I don’t think she could have dreamt that safe passage was still needed.
Jean Jackson
Seer Green, Buckinghamshire

• Your Weekend quiz of 9 December asks what is measured in sizes 6.5 to 8 and gives as the answer “Hats”. Clearly a man wrote this quiz. Another answer is “gloves” (women’s).
Rhoda Koenig
London

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