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I've lost someone important. There will be no more books. Maybe the greatest novelist of my lifetime.

I've lost someone important. There will be no more books. Maybe the greatest novelist of my lifetime.

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Looks like she was one of us:

"I have never met JK Rowling, but I know her to be a woman who has brought much pleasure and done much good. I think the attacks on her were unjustified and shameful. It is barbaric that a tiny minority should take command of public discourse and terrify those who disagree with them."

"I recently found myself ‘misgendered.’ I received a university publication, with news items relating to alumni, where I was referred to as ‘they,’ not ‘she.’ My books were ‘their books.’ I wasn’t singled out – the other alumni were similarly treated."

"I thought, ‘Being a woman means a lot to me. My sense of it has been tested. I have thought deeply about it. I value it, even though it has meant struggle and pain. I do not want my womanhood confiscated in print. It is not right to deprive an individual of identity on a whim, and make him or her into something neuter, plural. I have not given my consent to become a grammatical error.’"

"I almost wrote to protest. But my husband said, ‘It’s a fad. It will pass.’ I think he’s probably right, and the controversy will become a footnote in cultural history."

https://www.repubblica.it/robinson/2021/09/03/news/interview_hilary_mantel_ireland_moving_jk_rowling_cancel_culture_boris_johnson_women_england_racism_repubblica_italian_newsp-316078121