Lionel Shriver: Biography

Lionel Shriver

18 maj 1957

Born May 18, 1957 at Gastonia in North Carolina as Martha Ann Shriver, she later changed her name to Lionel she says because she was a tomboy at heart and did not like her given name. Lionel did both her BA and MFA degrees at Columbia and has worked as a journalist as well as being a novelist.

Lionel Shriver said that from she was a child she wanted to become a novelist but spent years of hard work trying to make it as a writer and her great breakthrough never came until her eighth novel, We Need to Talk about Kevin, was published and captivated readers in both the USA and England. For this book, she won the prestigious Orange Prize from Britain given to the female writer of any nationality who has written the most original full-length novel for a given year.

This brought Lionel the breakthrough and attention she felt she deserved for her writing and since then (2005) she has written five other novels for which she now has quite a following. Lionel’s books are described as gripping, true-to-life as well as harrowing and thought-provoking, with heroes that are emotionally challenging for the reader. Shriver is known to write on a variety of topics, some of which are controversial or disturbing such like the dark side of obesity and the matter of mass shootings.

Lionel Shriver is married to Jim Williams, a drummer and she lives in London. She is also a bit of a social activist and philanthropist.