LitFest Goes Wild
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Lionel Shriver – Golding Speaker
September 30, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm£10.00
Chaired by literary journalist Alex Clark
Lionel Shriver continues in a long line of eminent Marlborough LitFest speakers sponsored by the William Golding estate. We Need To Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005. It was Lionel Shriver’s seventh novel and followed years of professional disappointment and virtual obscurity. Despite the merits of her other books this was the one which caught the public mood with its chilling allusions to the relationship between dysfunctional parenting and mass murder.
Shriver does not believe that a central protagonist needs to be likeable and has described her characters as ‘difficult to love’, although the humour, however black, is ever present in her work.
Her latest novel, The Mandibles, is set in 2029 and depicts a family forced to survive the crippling ramifications of an economic earthquake besides which 2008 was only a minor tremor.
The author was born in North Carolina and has subsequently lived in Bangkok, Nairobi, Belfast and London. She is recognised as a highly accomplished journalist on both sides of the Atlantic.