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Female writers dominated 2017's literary bestsellers, figures show
Topped by Margaret Atwood, the UK’s Top 10 bestselling authors of literary fiction last year features only one male writer, Haruki Murakami
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  • Only one publisher, And Other Stories, has answered Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to publish only female writers this year.
  • It is clear that there is a gender bias in publishing houses and the world of books.
  • Despite women writers’ strong performance in literary fiction, they take up less than half of the slots in the Bookseller’s overall UK Top 50 bestselling authors of 2017.
  • The percentage of women who go on to win the prize has been exactly 40%.
  • Both US writers for British prize, both men while experimental fiction by female authors ignored.
  • Men read considerably less fiction than women full-stop.
  • I don’t care whether women or men write the books I enjoy.
  • Reflected in public libraries wher “popular” fiction rules and there are few new non fiction books for men stocked.
  • And I don't know any men who hate women.
  • The only reason I have for reading books by women is that they are excellent writers of literary fiction.
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Female writers dominated 2017's literary bestsellers, figures show

Topped by Margaret Atwood, the UK’s Top 10 bestselling authors of literary fiction last year features only one male writer, Haruki Murakami

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Published: 22. 1. 2018 10:26:45

Source: theguardian.com

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  • I think that there is something about subject matter and approach which makes a lot of literary fiction written by women less appealing to men.
  • Men read considerably less fiction than women full-stop.
  • Perhaps because women were not allowed to write for thousands of years.
  • That's why her books are always better on the screen than on the page.
  • Why don't you try reading more contemporary female authors and comparing them with contemporary male authors?
Kamila Shamsie: let’s have a year of publishing only women – a provocation

It is clear that there is a gender bias in publishing houses and the world of books. Well, enough. Why not try something radical? Make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women, in which no new titles should be by men

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Published: 22. 1. 2018 10:31:55

Source: theguardian.com

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  • Literally all she is asking is that publishers only release books by women for a short (at least in the publishing world) period of time.
  • This would increase the number of female authors who submit to literary publishers.
  • So, just like certain decent corporations have created support mechanisms for women in the workplace, publishing houses could create support mechanisms for their selected women writers.
  • I actually believe that female authors is more than capable to reach the top without the help of well meaning but mislead feminist activists.
  • What if women writers in oppression devise male pseudonyms to submit their novels to publishers?
Women write literary fiction’s big hitters. So where are their prizes?

The 2017 bestseller list was dominated by women, with Margaret Atwood at the top, but the Booker still favours men, writes novelist Stephanie Merritt

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Published: 22. 1. 2018 13:49:00

Source: theguardian.com

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  • Such one-eyed, selective arguments for identity politics are putting off lots of people to the cause of equality where the argument is not equality of opportunity, but equality of outcome.
  • We have true equality, when every book is given a prize.
  • I think EL James gets a bum rap to some extent, because a lot of the things that people hate about her books are basically things that they'd hate about most erotic fiction.
  • The author is no doubt correct that sexism and literary prizes don't mix.
  • In this particular case women are apparently dominating bestseller lists.
What became of 2018 as the year of publishing women?

Only one publisher, And Other Stories, has answered Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to publish only female writers this year. But wider lessons are being learned, as the novelist and other industry insiders explain

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Published: 22. 1. 2018 13:48:26

Source: theguardian.com

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