An interesting blog article about female writers and books written by women.
One (a personal one): Three years ago, I realised that I was reading far fewer female writers than male. Part of the issue was that I’d taken against commercial women’s fiction (or ‘chick-lit’ as it was termed then)+ and so I went from reading almost exclusively women to reading very few women – as far as I can remember, only Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell, Janice Galloway and Margaret Atwood passed muster at the time. I didn’t really know who the contemporary female literary writers were: the A level and degree courses I’d studied were largely backward looking – I loved the Brontes, Austen and Virginia Woolf – and the only contemporary writer I remember studying was Ian McEwan. Literary prizes were my way in and they were dominated by (mostly white) males. And – perhaps most interestingly – for years, I didn’t even notice. When I did, I…
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