Weird World

A best-selling ‘female’ author who won a million-euro prize was actually three men

In a plot twist that would actually make a decent short story, in the right hands, the Spanish author Carmen Mola – a supposed female professor working under a pseudonym – has turned out to be three male authors.

The truth came to light when the men stepped up to collect the million-euro Planeta Prize ‘she’ had won for an as-yet unpublished manuscript, currently held by the Planeta publishing house.

Agustín Martínez, Jorge Díaz and Antonio Mercero had racked up a packed CV of novels and TV scripts between them, including soaps and police procedurals, alongside penning Carmen Mola’s violent thrillers.

Here’s what people have been saying about the revelation.

We’ll just leave this here.


This woman nailed how badly male authors write female characters and everyone else joined in
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