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World Book Club

BBC World Service

Society & Culture, Personal Journals

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World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel. Presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from World Service listeners.

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World Book Club: Lionel Shriver

September 12th, 2007

Episode 180 of 340 episodes

This month Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed American writer Lionel Shriver. Her prizewinning novel, We Need to Talk about Kevin, is the profoundly disturbing story of a boy who, shortly before his 16th birthday, kills seven classmates in a high school massacre. Grippingly but unreliably narrated through the letters from his mother to his absent father, the novel raises questions about culpability, the limits of maternal love and the nature of evil itself.

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