Writer’s man-loathing is a bestseller. And she loves the hate ...

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Writer’s man-loathing is a bestseller. And she loves the hate it’s getting

Pauline Harmange’s sellout book has been called an ‘ode to misandry’ – and she couldn’t be more grateful

Celia Walden

Pauline Harmange hates men. So much so that the 25-year-old French author has written a book detailing and deconstructing everything she hates about 51.9% of the population: I Hate Men.

“Hate will set you free” isn’t a message we’re likely to see on a yoga T-shirt anytime soon, yet the 96-page essay – Moi Les Hommes, Je Les Déteste – that actually contains these words has sold out across France, with the first 450 copies flying off the shelves within days, a reprint of 2,500 copies sold, and “several British publishers now interested in buying the UK rights”.

All thanks to Ralph Zurmély, a French government official, who has threatened to ban the book for its “incitement to hatred on the grounds of gender”...

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