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Why women enjoy the gory details – but only in fiction

Published 21/05/2014 | 02:30

A scene from 'Love/Hate'
A scene from 'Love/Hate'

Male domination of crime fiction is officially over. Today, over half of all novels in the crime fiction genre are written by women and these are the most popular books with a female audience.

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This is very good news for female crime writers as women buy and read a lot more books than men (up to two-thirds). Crime fiction sells over 21 million books annually in Britain and outsells all other genres worldwide.

And it's not just books, TV crime shows with strong female leads are exploding in popularity too.

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