What is it about reading fiction that women love?   Where and when do women read?  And why is it that women make up the majority of book-club and library members, audiences at literary festivals and bookshop events?  Drawing on interviews with more than 500 women, Taylor – the Emeritus Professor of English at Exeter University - reveals how reading fiction has become, for many women, an important and integral part of life. Whether as a means of being alone, or a chance to be part of a community, reading fiction is a life-enhancer and even, sometimes, a life-saver. 

Chaired by Claire Malcolm New Writing North