Lionel Shriver at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival

Lionel Shriver at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival

I'm torn about Shriver’s best-known and Orange Prize winning novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. Later made into a film starring Tilda Swinton, it’s the disturbing story of Eva, a mother who finds herself unable to love her son – with chilling consequences.

But even so, I’m intrigued by Shriver – and especially by the way she refuses to be influenced by literary trends. In a world dominated by branding, marketing and publicity, she writes what she wants to write

Her new book, Big Brother, tackles obesity and our obsession with our weight and size...

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