When I'm told that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote to his publishers whingeing about the mob o f women whose writings outsold his, my reaction is ' boo hoo'. Seems like nothing much has changed - two waves of feminism and one and a half centuries later, women writers and women's fiction still rank lowest in the genre pecking order. Thank goodness for Juliet Flesch. Her latest book (a 1995 bio-bibliography, Love Brought to Book, was her first) provides an extensive examination of the ignored sector of the literary marketplace: 'category' romance fiction, or, to you and me, Mills and Boon and its ilk. This book caters to the fan and the academic alike: Flesch's style is engaging, her research extensive, and her material fascinating; what more could a reader ask for?
Review of From Australia with Love: A History of Modern Australian Popular Romance Novels, by Juliet Flesch.
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