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A bleak future — without cabbages or kings

Lawlessness reigns as the world runs out of basics in Lionel Shriver’s apocalyptic novel, The Mandibles

7 May 2016

9:00 AM

7 May 2016

9:00 AM

The Mandibles: A Family 2029—2047 Lionel Shriver

Borough Press, pp.400, £16.99, ISBN: 9780007560745

One happy aspect of Lionel Shriver’s peek into the near future (the novel opens in 2029) is the number of unusually rounded elderly characters she presents. Her pitiless eye notes every mark of age and vanity in the older generation of the Mandible family, but they remain in robust health, sharp without being merely spry, and full of personality.

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