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Lionel Shriver

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American journalist and author

Winner of Orange prize for fiction with "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2005)

Known for tackling sensitive and controversial subject matters

Lionel Shriver is an American novelist and journalist, whose books have been translated into twenty-five languages.

Lionel is perhaps best-known for winning the 2005 Orange Prize for her eighth published novel, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (Harper, 2003), a thriller and close study of maternal ambivalence, and the role it might have played in the title character’s decision to murder nine people at his high school. The book sold over one million copies worldwide and created a lot of controversy, achieving its success through word of mouth.

More recently, “So Much for That” (Harper, 2010) offered a scathing indictment of the U.S. health care system, and was a New York Times best-seller. Her latest book, “Big Brother” (The Borough Press, 2014), focuses on America’s extremely demented relationship with food and weight.

She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is also frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media.

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"Known for her controversial works and biting criticism of hot-button topics such as the US healthcare system and the obesity epidemic, Lionel Shriver is able to shine a light into dark subject matters and intelligently comment on such sensitive issues."

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