Tracy Beaker : The Adult Years…

JWilsonJacqueline Wilson’s most famous character is making a comeback. Tracy Beaker returns as an adult, a single mum with a daughter called Jess. It is from Jess’s perspective that the book is written.

To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this; I am in equal measures Tracy Beakerexcited, appalled, and curious. Tracy Beaker and Jacqueline Wilson’s books were a huge part of my daughter’s reading life. Even in throughout her teens, publication of a new Jacqueline Wilson book meant  had to bring one home for her. I think she read the last one just before she went of to university. When I told her of the project, her response was that she is unsure, it’s weird, but she’d probably read it if only to see what its like.

Read the article here.

Claire Armitstead doesn’t like the idea, nor the fact that Raymond Briggs’ Snowman is being turned into a chapter book , albeit written by the great Michael Morpurgo. (Click on her name to read the article)

 

The Book World is Sexist

The books world is sexist and a one day promotion isn’t enough to fix it

For International Women’s Day, Waterstones has given over its website front page to female authors. This is welcome, but it’s far from enough

I was blown away by the statistics in this article by Danuta Kean, and heartbroken by them as well. While women dominate book buying and book rating in the UK, men dominate both the books being reviewed as well as the reviewers. Kean asks if that matters, and gives the answer.

It’s sad that one genre that is dominated by female authors – Romance – is one that is mocked and sneered at in a way that men’s books aren’t. We have ‘chicklit‘ but not ‘blokelit‘, and ‘women’s fiction‘ but not ‘men’s fiction‘. Why is that?

Any way. Do read the article, it very enlightening and informing.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/mar/08/sales-promotion-gender-inequality-books-international-womens-day