Male-based narratives are far more likely to win major book prizes such as the Booker according to new research by a US author.
Seattle-based writer Nicola Griffith analysed the winning titles of six important literary prizes over the last 15 years and concludes that male voices dominate.
According to The Guardian, Griffith arrived at her findings after looking at the winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker, the National Book award, the National Book Critics’ Circle award, Hugo and Newbery medal since the year 2000.
In the case of the Pulitzer, for example, she found that “women wrote zero out of 15 prize-winning books wholly from the point of view of a woman or girl”.
The Man Booker, between 2000 and 2014, Griffith argues was won by nine books by men about men or boys.
“It’s hard to escape the conclusion that, when it comes to literary prizes, the more prestigious, influential and financially remunerative the award, the less likely the winner is to write about grown women."
Griffith, who published her findings on her website, added: “Either this means that women writers are self-censoring, or those who judge literary worthiness find women frightening, distasteful, or boring. Certainly the results argue for women’s perspectives being considered uninteresting or unworthy.“