A quick glance at Waterstones recommended reading in June

Just in case you’re wondering I am still keeping an eye on Waterstones and gender bias issues. At some point I will do another analysis of their monthly promotional emails.

The latest for June will certainly help those statistics – a quick and dirty count shows ten books by female writers promoted alongside twelve by men.

There are still issues – apparently women don’t write history/non-fiction as all those titles are by male authors.

But detailed analysis will have to wait as I contemplate the best way to tackle digitizing the Aldabreshin Archipelago map 🙂

Author: Juliet

Juliet E McKenna is a British fantasy author living in the Cotswolds, UK. Loving history, myth and other worlds since she first learned to read, she has written fifteen epic fantasy novels so far. Her debut, The Thief’s Gamble, began The Tales of Einarinn in 1999, followed by The Aldabreshin Compass sequence, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy. The Green Man’s Heir was her first modern fantasy inspired by British folklore in 2018, and The Green Man’s Quarry in 2023 is the sixth title in this ongoing series. Her 2023 novel The Cleaving is a female-centred retelling of the story of King Arthur, while her shorter stories include forays into dark fantasy, steampunk and science fiction. She promotes SF&Fantasy by reviewing, by blogging on book trade issues, attending conventions and teaching creative writing. She has served as a judge for major genre awards. As J M Alvey, she has written historical murder mysteries set in ancient Greece.

4 thoughts on “A quick glance at Waterstones recommended reading in June

  1. digitizing the Aldabreshin Archipelago map

    Oh, that makes me happy! Could I humbly suggest that you try to work out (with your publisher, or the map copyright holder, or whoever it needs to be) a way to share the map with those of us who have the books in formats without good maps in them? Some of us would even pay for that.

    1. There’s only ever been one published map, in the US hardback edition of Southern Fire, and though I’ve tried, I have been unable to get contact details for the artist, or to establish who owns the copyright of that particular version. Which is a shame because it’s a lovely piece of work

      Happily, since we – that’s Husband and I – drew the original maps in the way back when, there are no copyright issues over us making our own versions available in whatever formats we choose 🙂

      So that’s what we’re currently discussing…

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