It’s April; cue Orange Prize debate

Evidently it is going to be necessary to revisit each year the question whether women writers need the Orange Prize.

It is interesting that while readers can absolutely see the vitality of a book such as [On Beauty], and took it to their hearts, the prize culture lagged behind. I’m not saying that this is because judges consciously prefer work by men. (Although I remember when I was a judge for the Booker prize with John Sutherland he startlingly discounted one book because it was “so much a woman’s novel”.)


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