Lionel Shriver

Europe

Why flee France?

Among starry-eyed migrants, Britain’s reputation for soft-touch social policy could be exaggerated

By Lionel Shriver

Will racial blending undermine identity politics? Let’s hope so

It’s not only right-wing reprobates who recoil from demographic changes

By Lionel Shriver

Art

Jazz is dominated by men. So what?

The Europe Jazz Network conference is trying to impose gender-balance and reduce the dominance of male instrumentalists. What a waste of time.

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

Trump is right about many things, which is why he must be stopped

Liberals and conservatives alike have every reason to jelly this President in an immobilizing aspic

By Lionel Shriver

The migrant caravan isn’t an issue of good and evil. It’s about self-interest

Americans have no more of a moral right to dry homes and safe streets than those Hondurans do

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

Christine Blasey Ford is a poor role model for young women

The deferent and visibly fragile academic with a high, mousy voice makes a lousy feminist role model

By Lionel Shriver

Art

Men should be mad about #MeToo

It’s not only women who don’t have penises

By Lionel Shriver

It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism

Why has any expression of measured concern about the trans phenomenon become so impossible?

By Lionel Shriver

Art

Millennials aren’t taking offence. They’re hunting for victims

The noble defence of an infinitely multiplying list of ‘marginalised groups’ is a predatory movement

By Lionel Shriver

Identity politics are – by definition – racist

The movement insists that what we are is more important than who we are

By Lionel Shriver

Art

No apology is ever enough for the digital mob

The most sorry person this week? American poet Anders Carlson-Wee.

By Lionel Shriver

Art

A reply to my critics: Don’t fight racism with racism

Dear 2016 WriteNow mentees, Thanks so much for your open letter to me. It seems only good manners for me to write back. You’re rightly proud of having been admitted to a challenging programme at Penguin Random House that mentors gifted young minority authors and helps to cultivate their talents. My own publisher, HarperCollins, runs […]

By Lionel Shriver

Books

When diversity means uniformity

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague’s forwarded email has set me straight. Sent to a literary agent, presumably this letter was also fired off to the agents of the entire Penguin Random House stable. The […]

By Lionel Shriver

Art

I like a fight too much. That’s why I’ll never go on social media

Twitter outrage about a few sectarian mugs has left Lionel Shriver glad to be in her fantasy world offline

By Lionel Shriver

Home

Why catastrophising is my idea of a good time

When, on a test of general knowledge, the highly educated score far worse than chimpanzees, university degrees may be overrated (definitely). But something more interesting may also be going on. According to the newly released Factfulness by Hans Rosling, we would-be smart people would improve our results on multiple-choice questions about the current state of […]

By Lionel Shriver

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