Beijing's high court yesterday rejected mainland author Zhang Yihe's application for an order to overturn a central government agency's ban on the publishing of one of her books. Zhang said she tried to submit an application directly to Beijing High People's Court yesterday to lift the General Administration of Press and Publication's (Gapp) ban on her book about Peking Opera stars, but was rebuffed. The failure followed an unsuccessful request to Beijing No2 Intermediate People's Court, which refused to reply to her application within a week, as specified under mainland law. In January, Gapp officials criticised and penalised the publisher of Zhang's book at a national work briefing in which seven other books were also banned. Zhang is the daughter of Zhang Bojun , a prominent rightist targeted in a campaign half a century ago, and three of her volumes of recollections of family members and friends have been banned on the mainland. The intermediate court refused to say why it did not reply to the application for a hearing. Officials at the Beijing High People's Court could not be contacted for comment.