Lionel Shriver

Great writers are found with an open mind

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell…

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

26 May 2018 9:00 am

During a dozen years in Belfast I collected a number of political coffee mugs, hailing from both sides of the…

Why should we give in to EU blackmail over the EU border?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In deference to public exhaustion, I’ve largely avoided Brexit in this slot. But a columnist’s output ought rightly to echo…

The Home Office nearly deported my husband

28 April 2018 9:00 am

What I remember about preparing to leave for my husband’s appointment with the Home Office in Croydon in 2007 is…

Why catastrophising is my idea of a good time

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When, on a test of general knowledge, the highly educated score far worse than chimpanzees, university degrees may be overrated…

Can you prove you’re not a racist?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

After an essay in this month’s Prospect about literature and freedom of speech, it seems I was cited on Twitter…

Why mass immigration explains the housing crisis

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May’s clarion address of the UK’s housing shortage (and how many successive PMs have embarked on the…

The all give and no take of US taxes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It…

Why not ban artists who forget to feed their cats or recycle?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Sometimes a picture — the big picture — is worth more than a thousand words. Consider this Art vs Artist,…

Ikea’s real genius is making furniture disposable

3 February 2018 9:00 am

By all accounts, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad was my kind of guy: may he rest in peace (on an Askvoll…

I recycle – then lie to myself that I’m saving the planet

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘I just want to say one word to you, just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.’ That iconic punch line…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

A purity test for artists is the end of art

16 December 2017 9:00 am

However we keep ourselves amused over the holidays this year, two sources of entertainment are off the docket. Amid the…

This £50 billion EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

2 December 2017 9:00 am

A  ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

Security overkill is terror’s real triumph

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The moment the news broke on Halloween that an Uzbek in a rental truck had just killed eight people on…

When did fiction become so dangerous?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The assignment of books for review has always been haphazard. Fellow fiction writers can be tempted either to undermine the…

Millennials don’t fear censorship because they plan on doing all the censoring

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Matt Ridley’s fine recent Times column was hardly the first to raise the alarm about the pseudo-Soviet intolerance of the…

Tear down statues? At this rate, we’ll have to rename New York

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, I took the monuments around the state capitol for granted. The first Confederate soldier…