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Lionel Shriver – A conversation at the Word Factory


Award-winning short story writer and novelist Lionel Shriver came to read at the Word Factory Salon to discuss her latest novel The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047. Set in the US following the collapse of the dollar, The Mandibles is Lionel’s thirteenth novel, published by Harper Collins. A dystopian family drama set in the context of a financial meltdown, The Mandibles acutely questions altruism, the fiction of finance and America’s position as a global superpower. Many of Lionel’s previous novels, including her infamous Orange-award winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, mine her ‘what if’ thoughts about life.

Here Lionel speaks with writer and critic Rebecca Swirsky at Waterstones Piccadilly about the American election, the politics of gender, her writing process, her interest in demographics, writerly self-appropriation, friendships and taking road trips.

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Podcast recorded by Robin J Harman

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