It is a truth universally acknowledged that men read fewer novels than women.
Or, at least, that’s my experience, based on over ten years of working in the book industry. Take a look around your next Tube or train carriage if you don't believe me. Almost none of the male passengers will have a book in their hand, but a few of the females will. It’s a disturbing truth, but is the reason for it that men simply don’t like novels as much as women, or is it because there are so few novels published for them?