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Lionel Shriver

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In this event, held at the Deakin Edge in Melbourne’s Federation Square, author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin) offers her thoughts on negative encounters with the media, her latest novel Big Brother, and her ‘attempt to fantasise’ questions and dilemmas from her own life.

The challenge in writing Big Brother, she says, was to add value to a conversation we’re already having, all the time, in a world where ‘every television program is a cooking show, and every other program is a fat show.’ She adds that the food crisis concerns her more as a psychological crisis than as a health crisis.

She also talks about fame and success –an experience which she had imagined would be exhilarating, but which in reality she has found to be merely nice, ‘emotionally mild’. ‘I think wanting something is better than having it,’ she suggests. ‘We are meant to be hungry.’

Shriver is introduced by Books and Arts Daily’s Sarah L'Estrange. Read more about the event in Dailies.

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