Rule one: read the book

Not once in The Bitch Rules does Elizabeth Wurtzel strike the attitudes attributed to her by Cristina Odone (8 May). In fact, her rule regarding sex (one of only two on the subject in the book) is: "It doesn't matter when you sleep with someone for the first time, but you have to really be ready" - a far cry from Odone's idea that "Elizabeth and co look down their noses at us if we don't engage in Kama Sutra contortions on the first date". Nor is there a single reference in the book to the quality of sex that women might expect.

If Odone can get her head out of Maeve Binchy long enough, she might be able to observe the old rule: do your research.

Joanna Carr
London N16

This article first appeared in the 22 May 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Hacking their way to a fortune