It’s been a while…not because there haven’t been lists published that weren’t gender balanced, I’m sure there have been, more because while I’m not compiling In the Media, I’m not in my media Twitter feed and so I’m not seeing them. However, I was on the Guardian website this afternoon and they’d published a new ‘Top 10 books’ list. DBC Pierre deserves some sort of award for producing the whitest, most male list I’ve seen so far. Apparently, women/people of colour don’t write books that writers should read. Be told people, only white men know how to write.
Here’s my alternative list, please feel free to suggest your own additions/alternatives in the comments:
To create a setting that feels as though it really exists: The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
To see complex characters, whose behaviour raises questions about morality, in action: Waking Lions – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (translated by Sondra Silverston)
To write successfully from a child’s point-of-view: My Name Is Leon – Kit de Waal
To manage a complex structure based on a lunar cycle and as good as any box set: The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
To change point-of-view in every chapter, including that of a dead body, and detail some of the atrocities of which humans are capable: Human Acts – Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith)
To incorporate your own life and letters into fiction/essay/critique: I Love Dick – Chris Kraus
To bring a historical character to life: Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
To write a coming-of-age story in fragmented sentences: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride
To write a metafictional account of a massacre: The Gypsy Goddess – Meena Kandasamy
To create an unreliable, first person narrator: The Private Life of Mrs Sharma – Ratika Kapur
Links are to my reviews.