Howard Jacobsen, the Birmingham-born comic novelist, was in Foyles to address an audience composed largely of the members of women-only book clubs.
"There are 50,000 reading groups going on, but nobody is reading," Jacobsen said. He was especially annoyed that reading groups don't tend to discuss comic novels.
"They don't want to laugh," he snarled. "They're at war with the world."
The women were motivated to join these groups out of "gender rage", he added thoughtfully.
The result of this female anger and failure to read comic novels? Book clubs are "adding to the world's stock of stupidity."
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