Lionel Shriver

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Full Name Lionel Shriver
Age 63 Years Old
Nick Name Lionel
Gender Female
Famous As Author, Journalist
Birth Date May 18th, 1957
Birth Place Gastonia, North Carolina, U.S

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Lionel Shriver is an American journalist and author who lives presently in the United Kingdom. She is known for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.

Lionel Shriver returns to Australia and doubles down on 'fascistic' identity politics

Three years after vowing never to return to Australia, author Lionel Shriver says she stands by her controversial keynote speech at the Brisbane writers’ festival in 2016, calling identity politics “fascistic”.

Shriver’s 2016 address on fiction and identity politics, in which she said she hoped “the concept of ‘cultural appropriation’ is a passing fad”, received widespread backlash. Sudanese-Australian writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied walked out of the event midway, later writing in the Guardian that Shriver’s argument – that fiction writers shouldn’t need to seek permission to write on minority cultures – “became a celebration of the unfettered exploitation of the experiences of others, under the guise of fiction”. Shriver, speaking to an intimate crowd of 150 at Sydney’s Bookoccino event, said her only regret in the controversy was the way it was reported. Abdel-Magied’s opinion piece sparked an international uproar and debate, with stories in the New York Times and the New Yorker. The Orange Prize-winning novelist on Sunday reiterated her arguments from the keynote, warning of the dangers of “larger cultural cowardice”.

“So ultimately [for] this movement – I’m sorry to throw around what sounds like hyperbole – but the endpoint is fascistic. Because it’s about control. It’s about silence. It’s about obedience. It’s about conformism. It’s about imposing a way of thinking,” she said.

Famous for

  • American journalist and author.
  • Her novel "We Need To Talk About Kevin"

Where was Lionel Shriver born?

Lionel Shriver was born on 18 May 1957 in Gastonia, North Carolina, U.S. and currently lives in London. She holds American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. She was born to her father Donald W. Shriver who is a Presbyterian minister and mother Peggy Shriver. Her birth name was Margaret Ann Shriver along with the birth sign of Taurus. Later At age 15, she informally changed her name from Margaret Ann to Lionel. She also has 2 brothers names Greg Shriver and Timothy Shriver. 

Regarding her education, she was educated at Barnard College, Columbia University and has taught metalsmithing at Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut.

Body Measurements of Lionel Shriver

Journalist Lionel Shriver still has got an attractive slim body physique and amazing personality with blue eyes and light blonde hair. Furthermore, information regarding her body measurements will be updated soon.

Career of Lionel Shriver

  • Shriver had written fifteen novels in her career.
  • 'The Female of the Species' (1987) is the first novel published by Shriver.
  •  Shriver rose to fame when her novel 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' was published, which she called her "make or break" novel due to the years of "professional disappointment" and "virtual obscurity" preceding it. 
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin was awarded the 2005 Orange Prize.
  • In 2009, she donated the short story "Long Time, No See" to Oxfam's "Ox-Tales" project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors.
  • Shriver's book 'So Much for That' was released on March 2, 2010, where Shriver presents a biting criticism of the US health care system.
  • Her work The New Republic was published in 2012.
  • Her 2013 book, Big Brother: A Novel, was inspired by the morbid obesity of one of her brothers.
  • Shriver's 'The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047', published in May 2016, is set in a near-future in which the United States is unable to repay its national debt. 
  • Shriver's book 'Property' was published on2018.
  • Shriver has written for The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Economist, contributed to the Radio Ulster program Talkback and many other publications.
  • In July 2005, Shriver began writing a column for The Guardian, in which she has shared her opinions on maternal disposition within Western society, the pettiness of British government authorities, and the importance of libraries.
  • She currently writes regularly for The Spectator.

Who is Lionel Shriver married to?

Journalist Lionel Shriver is married to jazz drummer Jeff Williams. She is living happily with her husband and there is no sign of separation between the couple. Furthermore, they do not have confirmed their children.

Birthday of Lionel Shriver 

Lionel Shriver celebrates her birthday on the 18th of May with her friends and family.

Net worth of Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is earning a considerable amount of money from her career as a Journalist and author. According to some online resources, her net is estimated to be around $12Million.