Lionel Shriver

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,…

Why are men being such wusses over #MeToo?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘There are two sides to every story’ is an aphorism you don’t hear often lately. Ask anyone amidst a family…

It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism

15 September 2018 9:00 am

This column is not in my interest. But then, not for the first time. I cannot count the conversations conducted…

Millennials aren’t taking offence. They’re hunting for victims

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In a recent column, I vowed to return to a point made in passing. To refresh your memory, the American…

Identity politics are – by definition – racist

18 August 2018 9:00 am

To mark last weekend’s one-year anniversary of the violent right-wing demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, a meagre two dozen card-carrying white…

No apology is ever enough for the digital mob

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Promoting physical fitness, the left has developed a bracing set of competitive callisthenics. Participants vie over who can complete a…

In the end, the Remainers will win. The powerful always do

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Before the referendum, I predicted behind closed doors that even if Leave improbably prevailed, Britain’s political establishment would ensure that…

You don’t win an argument by getting personal

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant,’ Democratic Representative Maxine Waters railed to a California rally last…

When diversity means uniformity

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell…

I like a fight too much. That’s why I’ll never go on social media

26 May 2018 9:00 am

During a dozen years in Belfast I collected a number of political coffee mugs, hailing from both sides of the…

The Irish border is the EU’s problem, not ours

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In deference to public exhaustion, I’ve largely avoided Brexit in this slot. But a columnist’s output ought rightly to echo…

The Home Office nearly deported my husband

28 April 2018 9:00 am

What I remember about preparing to leave for my husband’s appointment with the Home Office in Croydon in 2007 is…

Why catastrophising is my idea of a good time

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When, on a test of general knowledge, the highly educated score far worse than chimpanzees, university degrees may be overrated…

Can you prove you’re not a racist?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

After an essay in this month’s Prospect about literature and freedom of speech, it seems I was cited on Twitter…

How mass immigration drives the housing crisis

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May’s clarion address of the UK’s housing shortage (and how many successive PMs have embarked on the…

The all give and no take of US taxes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It…

Why not ban artists who forget to feed their cats or recycle?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Sometimes a picture — the big picture — is worth more than a thousand words. Consider this Art vs Artist,…

Ikea’s real genius is making furniture disposable

3 February 2018 9:00 am

By all accounts, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad was my kind of guy: may he rest in peace (on an Askvoll…

I recycle – then lie to myself that I’m saving the planet

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘I just want to say one word to you, just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.’ That iconic punch line…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…