It is an inconvenient truth that some book fans will be quick to deny.
But according to a new survey, most people in Britain prefer to read books by writers of their own gender – and tend to read fewer of those written by the opposite sex.
The research, which comes after claims of sexism in publishing, found a stark gender divide in reading habits in the 40,000 people polled.
Male authors accounted for 90 per cent of men’s 50 most-read titles this year, while the reverse was true for the women’s titles.
One of the books on the women’s list by a man was Robert Galbraith, or JK Rowling.
It’s almost as if chick lit didn’t exist, isn’t it? Or that male writers producing such don’t take female pen names. Or even that plenty of female writers have produced the male pulps but not under their own names.
Publishers worked this out well over half a century ago. Aren’t we lucky to have modern science, eh?