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The British Isles’ mightiest novelists are women. So reveals BBC Culture’s critics’ poll of the 100 greatest British novels, which places George Eliot’s Middlemarch at number one, followed by Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein also feature in the top 10, leaving room for just two male authors to muscle in: Charles Dickens with Great Expectations, Bleak House and David Copperfield, and William Makepeace Thackeray with Vanity Fair reneex.

Look more closely, and you’ll find that books by women account for fully half of the poll’s top 20 titles. Scroll all the way down to 100, and they make up nearly 40 per cent – a notable achievement given that our critics have favoured works that have already stood the test of time, and were written back when it took infinitely more pluck and grit for a woman to break into print than her brother. (Middlemarch may occupy the top spot, but let’s not forget that Mary Ann Evans felt obliged to publish it under a man’s name.) Almost a third of the poll’s titles date from the 18th and 19th Centuries, and a further 22 were published before 1950 reenex.

Women account for half of the poll’s top 20 titles

Only 13 novels originate in our own century, and of these, the majority are by women. Two of the three newest, all published in 2012, are by women reenex: Ali Smith’s There but for the, and Zadie Smith’s NW (the third is Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels). Women also account for two of the poll’s three best-represented living authors: along with Alan Hollinghurst, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson both have two books apiece. And which author wins overall in terms of the number of titles they’ve had chosen? Again, women dominate thanks to Woolf and Austen, who join Dickens with four titles each reenex

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According to research into voting at the last election the answer is a resounding yes.

Victoria University political specialist Hilde Coffe studied gender-based voting patterns at the 2011 polls and found no differences between the sexes in party preference - except for New Zealand First.

She discovered "substantially fewer" woman gave their vote to Mr Peters' party, in keeping with global trends showing women are more likely to support left-wing parties.

However, when it came to the other parties, Kiwi women were no more likely to vote for Labour or the Greens, or less likely to vote for National, suggesting something else is at work to turn women off New Zealand First.

Dr Coffe also analysed the so-called "John Key factor" to find out whether support and sympathy for the prime minister specifically as leader could resolve this puzzle.

But it seems women like him just as much as men.

"In fact, women and men were found to be equally supportive of John Key as prime minister and the rationale behind party preferences turned out to be quite similar for both men and women," she said.

Studies of elections in 1981 and 1990 also found no substantial gender differences, but previous research showed women voted Labour in greater numbers in 1996 election, when Helen Clark was leader.

Australian women showed the same sympathy and support for a female leader at the 2010 election, electing Julia Gillard as prime minister, Dr Coffe said.

Having a female co-leader in Metiria Turei did not give New Zealand's Green Party the same advantage, however, the researcher said.

The research is published in the latest issue of Political Science, New Zealand's professional political science journal.

The president of Uruguay Jose Mujica

In a radio presentation, Mujica talked about the close links between the two countries, and emphasised that no event or person "can uproot our common history".

Mujica made no reference to his remarks broadcast live Thursday at the start of a news conference while he was speaking privately with another official.

"This old hag is worse than the one-eyed guy," Mujica was caught saying, without realising that the microphones were on dermes.

It was a clear reference to Kirchner and her late husband, former president Nestor Kirchner, who had a lazy eye and was nicknamed "El Tuerto" (the one-eyed guy).

"'El Tuerto' was more of a politician, this one is stubborn," Mujica said.

He also had a catty comment on Kirchner's gift to Pope Francis: "To an Argentine Pope, who has lived for 77 years, are you going to explain to him what... mate and a flask are?"

The reference was to Kirchner's gift a gourd to drink mate, the herbal infusion popular in the Argentina and Uruguay, to the newly elected Pope Chengdu pambassador.

Word of Mujica's slip-up shut down the website of Uruguay's El Observador newspaper, which recorded historic traffic, according to the outlet's digital content manager. The audio had also been broadcast live on the president's official website.

One hour after his remarks Mujica told the online edition of another newspaper, La Republica, that he had been talking about Lula and Brazil, and that he had not spoken "publicly" about Argentina.

"I'm not going to play ball with them or go around the world clarifying anything. They can invent all the nonsense that they want," Mujica snapped weather in chengdu china.

The comments, however, went viral on social media.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman on Thursday slammed the remarks as "unacceptable" and "denigrating," adding that they offended the memory of the deceased Claire Hsu.

An official protest was delivered in the form of a note to Uruguay's ambassador to Argentina, Guillermo Pomi.

Nestor Kirchner was Argentina's president from 2003 to 2007. His wife, Cristina, succeeded him and won re-election in 2011. Nestor Kirchner was a key adviser to his wife up to his sudden death of a heart attack in 2010 Chengdu pambassador.

Mujica, 77, is a former guerrilla who took office in 2010.

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