There has been much discussion lately about how under-represented females are in Australian literary prize winner lists.
Tara Moss’ blog post ‘Are our Sisters In Crime (still) fighting against a male-dominated literary world?‘ sparked much heated discussion. This discussion got me thinking…
I had always assumed that I read male and female authors equally. A quick count on the authors represented on my blog yielded some interesting stats.
- Of the 135 reviews I have published so far, 69 are written by women – that’s 51.5%;
- Of the total number of reviews on this site, roughly 20% of those are by Australian authors;
- Of those written by Australian authors, 48% of those were written by women.
I am very pleased with these results.
Perhaps I’m not that influenced by literary prize winner lists?
Whatever the reason, I want to ensure I continue this reading equilibrium. In my Aussie Author Challenge I will be participating at the Dinky-Di Level – 12 books by Australia authors. So I will be signing up to the Australian Women Writers Challenge at the Devoted Eclectic Miles Level – 6 books, many genres.
I will undoubtedly read more than 12 books by Aussie Authors in 2012, but I like to not impose too many constraints on my leisure reading!
Just some of the titles by Australian Women Writers I have in my sights for 2012 include:
THE SHIFTING FOG (The House at Riverton) by Kate Morton – Morton another author I tried for the first time this year, thoroughly enjoying her The Forgotten Garden in audio.
INDELIBLE INK by Fiona McGregor – I have not read a title by McGregor before but I have heard great things.
For some chick lit I might try Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot and I am eagerly awaiting Tara Moss‘ next instalment in her Makedde Vanderwall thriller series, Assassin due for publication in 2012-13. I have always wanted to read a title by Shirley Hazzard too.