Orwell, George, Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters (London: Secker and Warburg, 1969)

Particularly of interest for his article 'Bookshop Memories' (1936). He writes: 'Dell's novels, of course, are read solely by women, but by women of all kinds and ages, and not, as one might expect, merely by wistful spinsters and the fat wives of tobacconists. It is not true that men don't read novels, but it is true that there are whole branches of fiction that they avoid. Roughly speaking, what one might call the average novel - the ordinary, good-bad, Galsworthy-and-water stuff which is the norm of the English novel - seems to exist only for women.' There are further pronouncements in this vein.

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