Some more home truths from sharp-eyed Shriver

Property, the first collection of short stories by novelist Lionel Shriver, depicts home ownership as a life-altering, but also potentially life-destroying, development in one’s existence

1st April, 2018

Short stories: Property, By Lionel Shriver, The Borough Press, €17.25

Stressful as it might be, home ownership is a luxurious problem in these times, not least to younger readers who face the prospect of a lifetime of renting. We don’t really need another book of short stories about middle-class, middle-aged, vaguely neurotic people and their experiences climbing the ‘property ladder’. They appear all too frequently in fiction, composed with a complacency that feels...

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