Novelist calls out London Review of Books for excluding women


Citing the Guardian’s infographic on the gender balance in UK’s literary culture, novelist Kathryn Heyman wrote to the London Review of Books to explain that she has opted not to renew her subscription because of the stunning lack of female representation in its publication.

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 the authors in its publication.

Heyman, whose first novel “The Breaking” was longlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize, wrote a scathing and humorous letter to the LRB noting that given the publication’s apparent bias against women, “I have to assume that my lady-money is quite simply not welcome in the man-cave of LRB.” She wrote:

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June 20th, 2013 by