Norfolk is a long way away from anywhere, and if I were you, I shouldn't start from here. By the time you get to the outskirts of Cromer, any distinctions between science, beachcombing, social commentary, writing and animal husbandry have started to blur. When the process is complete, you know you've arrived at the End Of The Pier Show. So, welcome. Find somewhere to park your unicycle. Pull up a girrafe chair. Make yourself comfortable.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Men Only

Women read more books than men. Women buy more books than men. So much so, that author Ian McEwan has said that if women stopped reading, the novel would be dead. Hence this slightly tongue-in-cheek campaign to 'remasculize' literature. Here's the deal - take some book title, or a cover, and beef it up for a masculine audience. Patten and Prejudice. Northanger Two Zero. You get the idea.

But if publishers really want to set the record straight, perhaps they could do something about the disingenuously and hypocritically sexist institution that is the women-only book prize, such as the Orange Prize for Fiction, and institute a prize exclusively for authors with balls. Hypocritical? Disingenuous? Sure. It's not as if female authors are struggling to find an audience, now, is it?

1 comment:

  1. I agree, Henry. I dislike sexism wherever it comes from. However, according to Sarah Churchwell, women still need help... (scroll down to last 'article') http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/21/waterstones-azazeel-orange-fiction

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