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Published: 05 December 2019

304 Pages | 32 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198827689

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Why Women Read Fiction

The Stories of Our Lives

Helen Taylor

  • An accessible and engaging look at contemporary women's reading practices and preferences
  • Draws on 500 questionnaire responses and interviews with women readers and writers, including Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Louise Doughty, Sarah Dunant, Katie Fforde, Judy Finnigan, and Lennie Goodings
  • Discusses how distinguished female writers see themselves as readers and relate to women readers, as well as a male-dominated industry
  • An overview of the literary industry through the eyes of women readers including childhood reading, book clubs, literary festivals and literary tourism, and discussions on re-reading particular novels by members of reading groups

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