Novelist calls out London Review of Books on no reviews of books by females and no female reviewers

Key excerpts:

Of the 15 UK-based publications considered by the Guardian, the LRB had the lowest percentage of female authors and reviewers. In the realm of fiction, the LBR had no female reviewers or authors in its publication.

“I could give you a list – off the top of my head – of scores of eminent established female novelists and non-fiction writers who are not being reviewed. I could give you a similar list of emerging female writers. So, what’s the problem? Are your reviewers allergic to lady-words? Or is your problem finding female reviewers (because only women will review women?)I’m sure you are aware of the facts in the publishing industry: more women write books, more women read books. Your pages are a shocking inverse to the reality.”


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