Lionel Shriver

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  • 23 August 2007

This article is from 2007.

Lionel Shriver

5 Questions

The intense pressures of modern living are high on the agenda in Lionel Shriver’s books. Here she kicks back and takes on our Q&A

5 words to describe your latest book, The Post-Birthday World?

Fun, funny, painful, warm (for once), and bittersweet.

4 authors who you think should be more famous than they are now?

Richard Yates, Maria McCann, Peter Cameron and Robert Stone.

3 books that had the most profound effect on you before you became a writer?

Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I read fat, lofty novels in my teens and now I read trash.

2 things that you love about book festivals?

Meeting my audience and hamming it up doing readings; like many writers, I am a frustrated thespian.

1 thing you’d change about the publishing world?

The fact that authors are now expected to devote months of their lives to the promotion of every book, which is not only a waste of time but, with its incessant me-me-me, is intrinsically embarrassing. Moreover, some excellent writers are not cut out to be song-and-dance celebrities, are not frustrated thespians.
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Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Mandibles is one of the most acclaimed authors of our time, described by the Sunday Times as ‘a brilliant writer’ with ‘a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice’.  Shriver reads from her first collection of stories which explores the idea of “property” in…

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