Surbiton High School

Are female authors still treated unfairly?

Eleanor Catton

On Tuesday evening, a little bit of literary history was made. 28-year-old Eleanor Catton scooped the prestigious Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries.

The result was only a slight surprise. There was no Bring up the Bodies esque frontrunner: Jim Crace was the favourite with the bookies, but not a head and shoulders one. The Luminaries was always going to be a decent dark horse choice, and many had a feeling Catton would sneak in under the radar.

One common myth is that, once you’re a published author, you’re rich for life. That’s not true in most cases: for …read more