Mania (Hardback)
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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 11/04/2024
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The author of We Need to Talk About Kevin unleashes a blistering satire on the culture wars set in an alternate 2011, where everybody is judged to be of exactly the same intelligence.

Set in a parallel yet all too familiar near past, a brilliant subversive novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author about a lifelong friendship threatened by the Culture Wars

The year is 2011, but not the 2011 we know. The Mental Parity movement has taken hold and Americans now embrace the sacred, universal truth that there is no such thing as variable human intelligence. Because everyone is equally smart, discrimination against purportedly dumb people is ‘the last great civil rights fight.’ Tests, grades, and employment qualifications are all discarded; smart phones are rebranded. Children are expelled for saying the S-word (“stupid”) and encouraged to report parents who use it at home.

Pearson and Emory, who have been best friends since childhood, find themselves on opposite sides of a widening chasm of opinion: Pearson believes the whole thing is ludicrous, but as a radio personality Emory chooses to go with the flow of popular thought and is soon making increasingly hardline statements to that effect.

As the friendship fractures, Pearson’s insistence on the ‘old way’ of thinking endangers her job, her safety and even her family. Can the balance ever be reset?

Lionel Shriver turns her piercing gaze on the policing of opinion and intellect, and imagines a world – perhaps not too far removed from our own – in which meritocracy is heresy. Hilarious, deadpan and at times frighteningly plausible, Mania will delight her many fans – this is a thought-provoking and scathing novel with a lot to say about modern life.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008658670
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Praise for Lionel Shriver: ‘Shriver’s novels are wonderful… fun, smart and… unlike anything else you’ll read’ Financial Times ‘Hilarious… Fiery phrases spit and crackle’ Sunday Times ‘Wickedly witty’ Spectator ‘An independent mind and a sense of humour are dangerous things to possess. The spiky, politically incorrect novelist Lionel Shriver has them in abundance’ The Times

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“Interesting but scary”

Lionel Shriver is never one to shy away from controversy, and her latest book, Mania, is sure to divide opinion as much as her outspoken views frequently do. While I do not agree with a lot of what Shriver says, I... More

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“Resplendent and a cautionary tale”

Shrivers vocabulary in this thought provoking dystopian novel, is haunting and disturbing as well as educational. The ironic structure of depicting a society that has banished the concept of intelligence being a... More

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“Mania”

Where to start... boy is this book gonna be marmite... I can already tell that from the few reviews that I have just read. It's gonna be a great boo club book. On the face of things, the content of this book... More

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