Women's fiction is a sign of a sexist book industry

Joanne Harris says the book industry is sexist. Why else are there categories for 'women writers' and no equivalents for writers who happen to be men?This is the year of reading women, people, remember? We're all reading female writers and helping address the literary gender imbalance which is highlighted annually and disturbingly by VIDA. So everything's good, right? We're slowly rebalancing the world, book by book, as we tackle our teetering piles of Mantels and Atwoods and Cattons.Sadly, no. The excellent Joanne Harris (have you read her latest, The Gospel of Loki? You should, it's a cracker) has explained in detail why it isn't in a blistering new blog post sparked by what she calls "another lazy assumption" from a reader who said the novel is "capitalising on the fandom of Tom Hiddleston". Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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