According to Ian McEwan, “when women stop reading, the novel will be dead.” He may be right. A recent survey of 2,000 Britons found that 48 per cent of women can be considered to be “page turners,” or avid readers, compared with only 26 per cent of men. A Guardian blogger suggests a few tweaks to bring the boys back: no matter the subject, always have a tractor and a pint on the cover; or perhaps create a TV series (with book tie-in) featuring “a handsome, profanity-spewing librarian.”
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