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Male or female writers?

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cocolepew Mon 22-Jul-13 21:29:25

Mostly men, the women are Janet Evanovitch, Sue Grafton, Faye Kellerman, Alex Barclay and a handful of others. I mostly read crime books.

Louise1956 Mon 22-Jul-13 21:18:17

fairly evenly divided I would say, looking over my bookshelves.

Parisbanana Mon 15-Jul-13 18:56:21

Half and half for me too I reckon, though at a guess (without going to my "books I've read" list) I would say probably slighter more male authors.

maillotjaune Thu 04-Jul-13 23:45:57

Mostly men. It's not intentional, but I most of my favourite author are men and when you read you're not constantly aware of the sex of the writer.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Thu 04-Jul-13 21:41:28

About half and half for me, I think.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 04-Jul-13 20:02:40

I forgot to add that I am reading a book by a man at the moment - The War Of The Worlds by H G Wells. Nearly finished it, utterly gripping stuff grin

tumbletumble Thu 04-Jul-13 19:45:29

I've read 24 books this year, 19 by women and 5 by men, so I agree with you OP!

Many of my favourite books are written by women with some exceptions, eg Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Atonement, The Power and The Glory, Tess of the d'Urbevilles. I like Bill Bryson and Nick Hornby too.

CoteDAzur Tue 02-Jul-13 22:49:43

Male writers for me, too.

Other than the great Jane herself, I nearly always go for male writers. The only other female I can think of that I rate over a number of books is Isabel Allende.

chirpchirp Tue 02-Jul-13 21:25:14

Most of the books on my shelves are by men. My favourite writers are all male, I only just realised this. Neil Gaiman, John Niven, Ian Rankin, Chuck Palanuick. Would be nice to put some women on that list!

DuchessofMalfi Tue 02-Jul-13 12:52:22

I tend to read more books by women than men but that's not intentional. It's just the way it happens. I've no aversion to a book by a man, but I don't like adventure stories (the kind of stuff my DF reads). Patrick Gale's books are lovely - another fan here smile

Funnily enough, DH tends to read quite a lot of books by women too grin

NicknameTaken Tue 02-Jul-13 11:33:04

Oooh, hope you enjoy it, highland! It's possibly an acquired taste, but once you do acquire it, there are no substitutes!

highlandcoo Tue 02-Jul-13 11:18:08

Just counted through my bookcase which is almost exactly divided into male and female writers.

I think a list of my favourite authors would feature more men than women though.

Have EF Benson's collected Mapp and Lucia waiting to read and looking forward to it smile

NicknameTaken Tue 02-Jul-13 10:54:59

EF Benson's best books are the Mapp and Lucia series. 1920s/1930s, very high camp. All vicious glares at polite tea parties and "none of that horrid thing that Freud called sex".

Feathered Tue 02-Jul-13 10:49:41

I love Patrick Gale.
I also loved the Armistead Maupin Tales of the city series.
I don't know EF Benson. What sort of books does he write?

NicknameTaken Tue 02-Jul-13 09:41:32

Female all the way! Give me Barbara Pym over Tom Clancy any day (possibly an unfair comparison). And yes to gay men, as EF Benson is high on my list too.

That said, most of my favourite non-fiction is by men.

themonsteratemyspacebar Tue 02-Jul-13 09:35:30

Just thinking of my book collection at home and realised I actually think all my books are by women authors blush
Not intentionally done, but i do love my rubbish chick lit
Making a mental note now to buy a book written by a man!

Feathered Tue 02-Jul-13 09:31:36

I've been looking through my books and all my favourites are by women . . . and a small handful by gay men. I also listen to audio books and I have realised I definitely prefer the narrator to be female.
Anyone else like this or am I a small-minded sexist?

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