On newly-coined Git Lit:
My charming, beautiful, articulate and witty daughter-in-law, Catherine Ostler, who edits Tatler, had a sneak preview of my new novel, The Misogynist, and told me that it belonged the genre “Git Lit” — at the other opposite end of the spectrum from “chicklit”. She was too polite, or too mindful of the importance of irenic relations within a family, to call it a “gaga saga”.
The publishers are happy with this categorisation. They put the novel’s protagonist, Geoffrey Jomier, in the company of other “grumpy old men”, no doubt hoping to entice the admirers of Kingsley Amis’s The Old Devils, which won the Booker Prize in 1986, or those who have enjoyed the recent novels of Philip Roth. Or Justin Cartwright. Or Ian McEwan’s Solar?
Piers Paul Read, “Git Lit or Why Old Age is All the Rage”, in Standpoint magazine. Read the article here.