Why Women Read Fiction, a new book by Emeritus Professor of English, Helen TaylorNews 7 January 2020
Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Emeritus Professor of English, Helen Taylor's new book explains how precious fiction is to contemporary British women readers, and how they draw on it to tell the stories of their lives. Female readers are key to the future of fiction and—as parents, teachers, and librarians—the glue for a literate society.
This book, written by an experienced teacher, scholar of women's writing, and literature festival director, 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.
Published by Oxford University Press, it's available here. It's also been serialised for BBC Radio 4, and can be heard here from the 13 January.