Lionel Shriver

Contraception is the answer to climate change

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

All money is dirty – but it can still be used for good

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Whitney museum: no space for profiteers of state violence // dismantle patriarchy // warren kanders must go! // supreme injustice…

The best response to hate speech is free speech

20 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s a broad mainstream consensus on both sides of the Atlantic: Trump’s tweet telling four hard-left minority Congresswomen to ‘go…

The Democratic debates are proving to be the perfect advert for Trump

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I have plenty of shamefaced company in having rashly predicted, as pundits are warned never to do, that Donald Trump…

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Where is the Democrat who can take on Trump?

4 July 2019 1:03 am

I have plenty of shamefaced company in having rashly predicted, as pundits are warned never to do, that Donald Trump…

When did calorie counting become offensive?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

An author of spoofy, light-hearted mysteries, my friend Ruth Dudley Edwards has had unusual difficulty completing her new novel, Death…

No exaggeration: Hyperbole makes words worthless

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Saturday night, a guest commentator on Sky News sputtered that Donald Trump has ‘normalised white supremacy’. Once the American President…

Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone

25 May 2019 9:00 am

To clear up any confusion, American SATs are closer to A-levels than to British primary-school SATs. In my day, this…

Feminism has succeeded – so why don’t we call it quits?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

You would think that the British Film Institute’s sponsorship of a month-long festival celebrating some of the most memorable female…

We’re all self-haters now

27 April 2019 9:00 am

As an American coming of age at the fag end of the 1960s, I celebrated self-loathing. Everything about the United…

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Dear Remainer parliament: you won. Now revoke Article 50 – if you dare

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Dear Remainer parliament. Although we’re the voters who spurned the petition for this very course of action, we the undersigned…

Imagine the uproar if Remain had won, but MPs then made Britain leave

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s worth addressing what didn’t happen. For one exasperating aspect of appearing on television news is leaving the studio…

If you forgive the IRA, then you must forgive the Parachute Regiment too

16 March 2019 9:00 am

In my 2010 short story ‘Prepositions’, a woman has lost her husband not in 9/11 but on 9/11 — when…

Why I hate ‘the n-word’

2 March 2019 9:00 am

One of the depressing aspects of writing a column attuned to social hypocrisy is so rarely running short of new…

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…

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Demography has become the biggest story on the planet

2 February 2019 9:00 am

One of my vanities is that all my novels are different. Yet one astute journalist identified a universal thread: ‘Too…

Why do authors have to be ‘moral’? Because their publishing contracts tell them so

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…

Why flee 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…

In defence of women (and why I ain’t no little bird)

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,…