There’s no shame in reading whatever books you want – literary snobs be damned

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Thursday November 1, 2018 at 5:14am
After discovering most novels of ‘literary value’ are written by dead white men, Emily Maguire asks, who gets to decide? And what’s the criteria?

I dropped out of high school early, so when I eventually got to university I was a “mature-age student”. What a ridiculous label. I was 24, and I didn’t feel mature – I felt ancient.

After almost a decade working minimum wage jobs with shitty pay and shittier treatment, I felt exhausted beyond words. And as someone who hadn’t picked up a textbook or written an essay for that same amount of time, I felt generations older than my classmates. Out of touch doesn’t begin to cover it.

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