Recently I’ve met a few male published writers who say they don’t read books written by women.
‘It’s not deliberate,’ one said. ‘I just read what interests me. I look at what’s influenced the writers I like. They’re usually men.’
‘Books by women don’t appeal to me,’ another said. ‘They’re not really that … good.’
Another asked me, ‘You don’t write … women’s fiction do you?’
If some men still have this attitude then it’s more important than ever that we celebrate writing by women. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction does just that. I’m delighted that the shortlist for this year’s prize has now been revealed.
I will be reading and reviewing the six shortlisted books and celebrating fiction written by women. I’m looking forward to getting started!