Billie Eilish and Becky Hill’s grim take on growing up in today’s world

<span>Billie Eilish, whose latest album was reviewed last week.</span><span>Photograph: WWD/Getty Images</span>
Billie Eilish, whose latest album was reviewed last week.Photograph: WWD/Getty Images

Billie Eilish’s album features “bitter recriminations about a failed relationship, body dysmorphia, depression and the pressures of finding vast global fame while barely out of your teens” (Review, 16 May), and Becky Hill claims that university involves having to make friends “through the means of drinking alcohol and getting chlamydia” (Interview, 17 May) . Makes me glad I grew up in the 60s!
Sarah Sheils

• Extra virgin olive oil can cost even more than £16 a litre (Letters, 12 May) if you factor in a “solidarity premium” by supporting farmers in the West Bank. Palestinian olive growers are somehow continuing to harvest, process and export their oil through the Zaytoun social enterprise and various retailers. It’s pricey, but superb.
Ruth Kitching

• Olive oil from the local chemist (Letters, 16 April)? In the 1960s, the local greengrocer in Huyton, near Liverpool, had never heard of garlic.
Joyce Blackledge
Formby, Merseyside

• My local primary school pays an “apprenticeship levy” of more than £1,200 a year and, like most schools, gets nothing out of it. Euan Blair, on the other hand, does (British asylum housing tycoon breaks into Sunday Times rich list, 17 May)
David Duell

• Re despairing climate scientists (Letters, 15 May), may I remind readers of a Guardian article headed “Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children” (12 July 2017).
Roger Plenty
Stroud, Gloucestershire

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