PW's 'weirdly retrograde sexual sensibility'

<p>Female authors are continuing to round on the US trade journal <em>Publishers Weekly </em>for failing to include a single title by a woman in its top 10 list of books of the year, according to the<em> Independent</em>.</p><p>The US magazine selected books from different literary genres around the world, from Blake Bailey&#39;s biography of John Cheever to Geoff Dyer&#39;s <em>Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi</em>. However it missed off Hilary Mantel, whose <em>Wolf Hall</em> won the Man Booker Prize, or Alice Munro, who won its international equivalent. <em>We Need to Talk About Kevin</em> author Lionel Shriver told the paper the selection was further evidence of the &quot;weirdly retrograde sexual sensibility&quot; that dominated publishing. </p><p>But Louisa Ermelino, novelist, journalist and the magazine&#39;s reviews director, said: &quot;We ignored gender and genre and who had the buzz. We gave fair chance to the &#39;big&#39; books of the year, but made them stand on their own two feet.&quot;</p><p><em>PW&#39;s </em>full list of books of the year in a range of categories, which includes a number of female as well as male authors, can be found <a href="http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6704595.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6704595.html">here</a>. </p><p>The novelist Kathy Lette added: &quot;This list proves that the only support women authors get is from our Wonderbras. As women make up 90% of the fiction-buying public, perhaps we should make a point and girl-cott male authors until our work is given the same critical acclaim and public backing.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>