Lionel Shriver

Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who is facing calls to resign after admitting he had worn blackface [WIN McNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES]

Without forgiveness, we’re all doomed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Over Christmas, I digitised slides from my twenties. In many an unidentified photograph, I didn’t recognise the scene. Where was…

Why are we allowing ourselves to be held to ransom by has-been Irish militants?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

When politics goes round in circles, the columnist inevitably revisits issues that would have been sorted if only everyone read…

Publishers must push back against the baying Twitter mob

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Suppose you’re a writer with a self-destructive proclivity for sticking your neck out. Would you sign a book contract that…

The reason migrants are fleeing 'war-torn' France

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Pitching your tent for weeks on end in the cold and mud, with no power or plumbing. Running in a…

You can’t possibly hate cyclists more than they hate each other

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’ve cycled for primary transportation for 53 years. Accordingly, I’m not naive about the degree of resentment — nay, loathing…

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

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Behold, the most incendiary statistic in America: the Census Bureau’s projection of when whites will become a minority in what…

Jazz is dominated by men. So what?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

I’d recommend any aspiring writer to marry a jazz drummer. It’s done wonders for my powers of concentration. If I…

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

10 November 2018 9:00 am

At my lecture in Sheffield last week, the final question in an otherwise temperate Q&A was antagonistic. My last Spectator…

The march of the migrants poses a dilemma for America

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Trump has hinted that Democrats may have been secretly funding the ‘caravan’ of more than 7,000 Honduran immigrants trooping towards…

Why Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony didn’t make me cry

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Following Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony about being sexually assaulted by the US Supreme Court nominee when he was 17,…

What's wrong with hearing #MeToo men's side of the story?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘There are two sides to every story’ is an aphorism you don’t hear often lately. Ask anyone amidst a family…

It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism

15 September 2018 9:00 am

This column is not in my interest. But then, not for the first time. I cannot count the conversations conducted…

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

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In a recent column, I vowed to return to a point made in passing. To refresh your memory, the American…

Identity politics are – by definition – racist

18 August 2018 9:00 am

To mark last weekend’s one-year anniversary of the violent right-wing demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, a meagre two dozen card-carrying white…

No apology is ever enough for the digital mob

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Promoting physical fitness, the left has developed a bracing set of competitive callisthenics. Participants vie over who can complete a…

In the end, the Remainers will win. The powerful always do

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Before the referendum, I predicted behind closed doors that even if Leave improbably prevailed, Britain’s political establishment would ensure that…

You don’t win an argument by getting personal

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant,’ Democratic Representative Maxine Waters railed to a California rally last…

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…