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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hen Lit Dismissed as "Clever Marketing Ploy"

Received this from Transita today:

"On Women's Hour today (Thursday 13th) Jenni Murray, Philippa Gregory and Mavis Cheek discussed the growing phenomenon of "Matron Lit" or "Hen Lit" or whatever it is they're calling it these days.

Disappointingly in our view it didn't really address the issues we'd hoped would emerge and the whole movement was dismissed as a "clever marketing ploy".

While we're over the moon that Philippa thinks we're clever, we were slightly taken aback when the view was expressed that "women simply don't want to read books like this".

If our website membership is anything to go by then we must reluctantly disagree with their proposition but we'd like them to hear it from you.

So, I guess the question we're asking is, do you want these type of books or are we whistling in the wind?

If you'd like to make your views known please visit our website and take part in this quick straw poll.

Transita Poll

When the results are in we'll pass them on to the BBC."

I would be curious what the issues were that she was hoping to address. While I'm all for older women being featured in fiction these days, so far I haven't really enjoyed the stories. Anyway, you can decide for yourself and vote on their web page.

posted by Kathy Holmes @ Thursday, October 13, 2005


  1. At Wednesday, August 23, 2006, Blogger Dorothy said…

    Hi Kathy! You mean you haven't enjoyed the stories from Transita? Sorry...just got up...grin. You know, I have yet to buy one from them so I really can't say but I trust your judgement. I'll go over there and see what the poll is all about. Maybe because we are "of that age," that's why we think our books would be interesting? Egads I hope that's not the case, huh.


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