Today’s post comes with thanks to Phoebe (former Relay worker) who pointed me in the direction of an article on The Gospel Coalition website.
Now I should confess that, more often than not, TGC articles that I read provoke somewhat negative reactions in me. I’m sure that there is some great stuff there, but I don’t visit it often, and only really read stuff when people point it out to me (and they usually point it out because they know it will be provoke me to rage). If you have any articles that you think I will enjoy, do feel free to send them my way.
But, back to this week’s irritant. A survey of 18 academics, requesting recommendations of good biographies to read. 90 nominations, whittled down to 13 winners. All 13 were about men, and in fact, only 5 of the 90 nominated were about women.
Which seems rather a shame.
I’m not going to go for the typical rant, although Phoebe’s point in the comments section on TGC has some merit:
“Such a shame to see no women at all in a list of the ‘best biographies’. Maybe its because the 18 scholars were all men? Maybe the title should read ‘The Best Biographies of Men voted for by Men’?”
Instead, what I’d love to get is a few recommendations of biographies of women from you all. I’m finding myself increasingly drawn to biography as a genre (must be my age) and I’d love to get some tips.