Helen Taylor - Why Women Read Fiction

Join us to celebrate the launch of Helen Taylor's new book, 'Why Women Read Fiction'!

Waterstones, Bristol

Tuesday 28th January, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

In her enlightening and thought-provoking new book, Helen examines just how precious fiction is to contemporary women readers and offers candid insights into the challenges female writers often face, including publishers' expectations and critics' assumptions.

Drawing on over 500 interviews with and questionnaires from women readers and writers, including Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde and Sarah Dunnant, Why Women Read Fiction explores how, where and when British women read fiction and the influence stories have on the way female readers understand and shape their own life stories.

Helen Taylor is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, Honorary Fellow of the British Association of American Studies, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 2016.18. She is also a curator, chair and participant in many literature festivals, and directed the Liverpool Literary Festival 2016 and 2018. She will be joined by Sarah Lefanu.

Venue Information

11A Union Galleries
United Kingdom
Phone: 01179252274

About the Book

Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives
Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives

Helen Taylor (Emeritus Professor of English, University of Exeter)

Publisher:Oxford University Press

Publication date:16 Jan 2020


3.50 out of 5
4 reviews
"With all this at stake, surely the question isn’t why so many women read fiction, but rather why so many men still don’t?"
Times Literary Supplement
"Our young women need literary heroines to teach them how to be heroines of their own lives"
The Sunday Times
"In asking why women read fiction, Taylor’s book makes a start"
New Statesman
"The great joy of Taylor’s book is the light it shines on communities of women readers, something that helped me recognise my own"
Literary Review

Written by a leading academic and broadcaster and drawing on interviews with readers, writers, reading groups, bookshop owners, librarians, and figures from literary publishing, reviewing, and festivals, this accessible volume offers an overview of the contemporary scene of women's novel-reading.