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Oundle Festival of Literature presents
Why Women Read Fiction
Wednesday, 25th March at 7:30pm
The Oundle Suite, Fletton House
Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA
In a fascinating new book, Helen Taylor, teacher, scholar of women’s writing, and literary festival director, examines just how precious fiction is to contemporary British women readers and offers candid insights into the challenges female writers often face, including publishers’ expectations and critics’ assumptions.
Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Female readers are key to the future of fiction and―as parents, teachers, and librarians―the glue for a literate society.
This book draws on over 500 interviews with and questionnaires from women readers and writers. It describes how, where, and when British women read fiction, and examines why stories and writers influence the way female readers understand and shape their own life stories.Taylor offers a cornucopia of witty and wise women's voices, of both readers themselves and also writers such as Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant.
Helen Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, Honorary Fellow of the British Association of American Studies, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 2016-18. She is author of several books.
Please consider your own favourite book from childhood, or a book that means a great deal to you for whatever reason and come with a williness to share your thoughts.