Andy Bull’s comment on Shane Warne is the best obituary quote ever: “It didn’t matter whether you knew his leg-break from his googly, or his flipper, top-spinner, slider, or zooter for that matter … In fact, it meant you were in pretty good company, because the best batsmen of his generation couldn’t tell most of them apart either.” What a wonderful summary of a sporting genius (Shane Warne, preternatural genius who played with a carefree spirit, 4 March).
Thank you for the exceptional interview of Angela Davis (5 March). It brought back a special memory. In the summer of 1971, I was asked to help collect money in Birmingham for the Free Angela Davis appeal. I was one of just a few young white students rattling tins. We were met with such support it was deeply moving. We collected a large sum and I was delighted when she was freed.
Re TV adaptations of books (Letters, 4 March), what about any of the award-winning historical novels by the great storyteller Rosemary Sutcliff, lauded in your obituary on her death in 1992. And for a franchise, although not written as a series, there are the eight books spanning 1,000 years in which the same emerald dolphin ring turns up.
Church Langton, Leicestershire
Hannah Hyam (Letters, 4 March) may still have MiniDiscs, but after the film of the Beatles’ rooftop recording session, I listened to my 33rpm single (17cm) of Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out and the 45rpm of Ticket to Ride. They still sound great.