All too often one of those dreaded lists comes out, and we all sigh and weep because there is not a woman to be found on it.
Thankfully, the top ten of Amazon.co.uk’s Top 50 editors' picks for the Best Books of 2011 is littered with female authors. HUZZAH.
The number one spot belongs to Elizabeth Haynes for her novel Into the Darkest Corner, and Jennifer Egan’s excellent tome A Visit From the Goon Squad is listed as number two. BitchBuzz favourite Lorraine Pascale’s debut book Baking Made Easy is at number four, and what I would argue is the best feminist-themed book of the year, Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman, is in at number nine.
In fact, seven out of the top top books were written by women. Lady high-fives all around!
However, despite the triumphant top ten, the list appears to still be made up of only around 19 female authors. That’s less than half. Hmmm.
Still, however, I suppose if less than half of the list is going to be made up of female authors, at least we dominate the top ten, yes? Yes? Right? OH I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE.
Read the full Top 50 editors' picks for the Best Books of 2011 over on Amazon.co.uk.