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Widespread publicity for world’s first ‘gender-based’ novel

Widespread publicity for new book that claims to be the world's first ‘gender-based' novel

The British author Charles Bunker has received widespread publicity after penning what is believed to be the world’s first book with discretionary chapters for women.
Charles Bunker’s new novel The Lands of de Gressier has 13 of its 105 chapters
marked as ‘optional’ for female readers on account of their “naturally differing tastes”.
Those chapters concern a sub-plot set in WW1 that includes vivid descriptions of trench warfare and military procedure that are thought to be of less interest to women.
Bunker says he introduced ‘gender-based’ discretionary chapters on account of the feedback he received from a panel of male and female test readers.
He says men were engaged with the sub-plot, whereas women felt that it detracted from the central storyline.
Women were more interested in the romantic relationships and emotional conflicts than in the realities of war and the fate of one of its lead characters, Penrose, at a court martial, he says.
The Lands of de Gressier Front Cover
Above: The Lands of de Gressier has 13 of its 105 chapters
marked as ‘optional’ for female readers on account of their “naturally differing tastes”.
C. S. Bunker (1)
Charles Bunker, above, the owner of the Orchard Tea Rooms in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, which is renowned for its connection with literary figures including Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, and E.M Forster, has penned what is described as the world’s first ‘gender-based’ novel.
The story has received widespread coverage this week with exposure on 
BBC Radio Guernsey, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Radio Somerset, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Radio Bristol, and later this week also on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio London, amongst many others.
His book is out now. Complimentary media copies are available through Palamedes for review.

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