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Lott on men's writing about women

31 March 2003

'I do feel that a lot of male writers are terrified of being honest about the way they see women. To raise any voice that isn't apologetic in a man, I suppose, would be seen as some form of sexism or misogyny. But I'm through apologising for being a man. I don't think there's anything to apologise for... I didn't want to go out there and present men as abject losers and I particularly didn't want to contrast them with shiningly virtuous woman, which is also a kind of trope in a lot of men's writing.'

Tim Lott, author of The Love Secrets of Don Juan, in an interview with Kate Carr in The Times