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Women are hardly marginalised in literary culture, so why the obligatory war cry from the Orange chair? Plus, can Vintage be trusted with the classics?

By Jason Cowley   February 2007

Too much girl power?

Muriel Gray, the spiky-haired ex-presenter of Channel 4’s cult rock show The Tube, is the chair of the judges of the 2007 Orange prize for women’s fiction. She’s been in combative form, as usual. “I can’t stress enough how important this prize has become to British writing, particularly as women’s voices seem to be becoming ever more marginalised in other key areas of society,” she said.

I’m not quite sure what she means by this, but whether or not women are becoming more marginalised generally, the opposite is happening in the world of letters, in…

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