January 16, 2021

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Eleanor Catton speaks out against the unfair treatment of female writers

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RuthThe 2013 Man Booker-prize winner on the unfair treatment of female writers and why her book The Luminaries riled male critics of a certain age: The Guardian

“I have observed that male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel,” says Eleanor Catton. “In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are – about luck and identity and how the idea struck them. The interviews much more seldom engage with the woman as a serious thinker, a philosopher, as a person with preoccupations that are going to sustain them for their lifetime.”

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