First time authors in their sixties and older are now at a premium, with a new prize set to be launched for debut authors over 50. Demand for books by older women is particularly strong. Notable examples are two recent bestsellers: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus and Miranda Cowley Heller’s The Paper Palace. Cherry Potts, founder of the independent publisher Arachne Press, said: “There has been a sea change in publishers’ understanding and acceptance of older women’s experience and their voices.” Arachne recently published In the Blood, by 77 years old Anna Fodorova (pictured). While she was told earlier she needed 40,000 followers on social media to get a book deal, she says “ (pictured). “the distinct voice of the older woman is now seen as saleable, commercial”.

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