Chicks, chick lit and the Booker

Here I am again banging the drum about women writers and readers, this time for the Huffington Post.

On 17 October, The Times published an interview with the 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, originally under the headline "Does Eleanor Catton's Booker mean the death of chick lit?". The story, by Kate Saunders, made the point that, "She's a chick, but nobody could mistake her work for any kind of chick-lit." It's hard to know whether that's more insulting to Catton, to people who write fiction for women, or to their readers. I'll settle for thinking it's offensive to all women, actually.

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