Lionel Shriver is one of the great authors and journalists in the world right now, having written Orange Prize–winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (Which was adapted into one of my favorite movies starring Tilda Swinton), The Post-Birthday World (Time Magazine Best Book of the Year/Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008), A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is also widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications, and now she is out with an incredible book that she wrote years ago, but because of timing and cultural circumstance felt it was right to publish now, “The New Republic” which has been getting critical acclaim (We talk about it extensively in the interview below).
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the award winning acclaimed author to talk about her “The New Republic” and it’s unique and satirical “Tongue In Cheek” look at terrorism, and ultimately what makes particular people so magnetic, while the rest of us inspire a shrug? What’s their secret? And in the end, who has the better life—the admired, or the admirer? We also delve deep into her incredible career that was close to never happening at all until her “Make it or break it” book, “We Need To Talk About Kevin”, her ability to craft characters that are “Anti-Heroes”, and whether or not I would be cast as Barrington if “The New Republic” is made into a movie. Lionel is one of the great literary treasures of our time, so enjoy an intimate look into her mind and world Kade Nation!!