Lionel Shriver

Good riddance to the Tavistock

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Most push notifications that pop up on my tablet concern impending catastrophe. But last week, one newsflash made my day.…

Why I won’t have a Covid booster

23 July 2022 9:00 am

In the news recently, we’ve heard from multiple Britons who’ve lost family members or sacrificed their own health to Covid’s…

The age of the anti-natalists

9 July 2022 9:00 am

As of 2023, the novel for which I may still be best known will have been out for 20 years.…

The case for hiking interest rates

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Check out these hyperventilating headlines from last week: ‘What the Fed’s largest interest rate hike in decades means for you’…

Does advertising matter?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘Stop! Don’t fast-forward. I love this advert!’ How often do you say that? Considering that some commercial breaks run to…

Why I was almost thrown out of South Africa

28 May 2022 9:00 am

On my 2 p.m. arrival for a week-long work trip to South Africa a fortnight ago, an immigration agent flapped…

My list of Britain’s national character flaws

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Before we start, let’s firmly establish my long-standing affection for the United Kingdom. Why, some of my best friends are…

America has betrayed its young

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Two articles last weekend made me feel sorry for American young people. We in the anti-woke brigade can be awfully…

A question of bravery

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Joe Biden announced in November: ‘Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know.’ When Conservative MP Jamie Wallis…

How to avoid heating your house

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Spring commonly augers a quickening warmth, but for Britons this year the season coincides with a chilling marker: a 54…

Why are so few Americans willing to defend their country?

19 March 2022 9:00 am

For many of us war voyeurs watching the news with a glass of sherry, admiration of the little-engine-that-could Ukrainian fighters…

The return of Actual Badness

5 March 2022 9:00 am

In the spring of 2020, I advanced an abnormally hopeful proposition: that one blessing that might arise from a pandemic…

What’s to become of Africa’s teeming youth?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Demographers are attached to their theories. The field’s most enduring is the ‘demographic transition’, whereby modernisation inexorably lowers a society’s…

Our monetary bubble is about to burst

19 February 2022 9:00 am

OK, I finally watched Netflix’s Don’t Look Up. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it — especially before its effective subtitle for us…

Kamala Harris and the problem of affirmative action

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In lauding Joe Biden’s promise to fill the upcoming vacancy on the US Supreme Court with a black woman, last…

Joe Biden’s Civil War re-enactment

22 January 2022 9:00 am

We can’t blame American progressives for yearning to relive the civil rights movement. Those were heady days. Opposition to segregation…

The end is always nigh

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Typically for my generation, I woke repeatedly as a kid with my pyjamas soaked in sweat because I’d had yet…

The Covid dissidents who’ve made my Christmas merrier

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A few years back, a hackneyed journalistic come-hither led me to a sober reckoning: would I write about someone alive…

Will we ever learn to ‘live with the virus’?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Comparing Saturday’s Downing Street press conference to Groundhog Day would insult one of my favourite films. The hilarious, multifarious strategies…

The absurd theatre of vaccine passports

20 November 2021 9:00 am

When a column highlighting under-appreciated breaking news has had absolutely no impact on the course of events (per usual), the…

A re-gift to Donald Trump

6 November 2021 9:00 am

For Democrats, like the ‘insurrection’ of January 6th, the Trump policy of separating illegal-immigrant parents from their children in 2018…

My advice to Dave Chappelle

23 October 2021 9:00 am

I’m accustomed to a sense of urgency in relation to Netflix offerings because the streaming service often buys short-term rights…

E-everything is heading your way

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Trends in New York City tend to foretell trends in London, whose fashions in turn set the pace for smaller…

The Covid pantomime at my father’s memorial

25 September 2021 9:00 am

This last weekend I attended the memorial service for my father, who died in July. This isn’t a bid for…

Is it time to defund the world’s policeman?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

It gets lost in the many creative purposes successive American administrations invented to justify remaining in Afghanistan, but the primary…