Welcome back to our End-of-Year Reading List experiment. Everyone have their lists? Let’s get on with part 2. It is quite simple.


Go down your list. Underline all the books by female authors. Circle all the books by minority authors. Put a star next to all the books by LGBTQ authors. How marked up is your list?

If your list was covered in marks, congratulations – you’re one of the few. To the rest of us (and I’ve been guilty of this too) we need to wake up to the fact that there is a beautifully diverse literary world that exists in the shadows, outside the mainstream market. It’s harder to find, so many people don’t bother, but it is integral to the continued vitality of literature that we realize that everyone has a story which is not only interesting but also indispensable.

My New Year challenge to you: Make 2016 a year of expanding horizons. Get a few more marks on next year’s Reading List. It will make you a better writer and a better person.



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