Lionel Shriver

My iNightmare

‘Why don’t I have a mobile, much less an iPhone or a BlackBerry? While I can afford the economic expense, I cannot afford the emotional expense when it doesn’t work’

Stranger than Fiction

‘I found myself in the perverse position of praying, in defiance of my politics, that healthcare legislation would get bogged down. Selfish? Hell, yes!’

I Can’t Accept “Fat Pride”

‘Every time I talk to my brother, I wonder if it is for the last time...He is actually eating himself to death’

Broken Pension Promises

‘The idea that diligent citizens have been putting away money for their retirement with National Insurance contributions is a myth’

Pull the Plug on Grandma

‘I'm hereby volunteering to save everyone a bundle and throw in the towel on my last two years’

Judging Jacko

‘Michael Jackson was a study in shame. He was ashamed of being black, ashamed of being gay’

Call me Daddy

‘My quasi-Freudian theory about Gordon Brown is that he reminds the electorate collectively of Daddy’

Poor Little Rich Girl

‘We have veritably criminalised making money. The proposition that rich people have rights, too, has flown out the window’

Dashed Bad Form

The elegant semi-colon is dying out; it is being replaced by the em-dash—the all-purpose tool of the lazy writer

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"