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Thursday 21 November 2019

P.J. O’Rourke and Lionel Shriver on the Battle for the White House

Politics &
Economics

Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke has been described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the funniest writer in America’. The Observer called him ‘the acceptable face of U.S. Republican arrogance’. He is the author of such bestsellers as Republican Party Reptile and has more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer. Lionel Shriver is a bestselling novelist and prolific commentator, known for her uncompromising critiques of the social and political landscape.

On Thursday 21st November, they come together to engage in a dissection of the American presidential race. O’Rourke is a lifelong Republican but in 2016 he backed Hillary Clinton, describing her as ‘the second-worst thing that could happen to America’. So who will be his pick for 2020? He has already rubbished the firebrand socialist Bernie Sanders, claiming that ‘Bernie doesn’t know the Berlin Wall fell and doesn’t know he’s still standing on the wrong side of it’, and has described President Trump as a ‘reptile’ and a ‘flying monkey’. And he’s unlikely to hold back when it comes to Biden, Beto, Booker, Buttigieg, Warren, Harris or any of the other Democratic candidates in the race. Shriver, a Democrat, has already denigrated her party’s candidates, saying their extreme left positions will only boost the chances of that ‘blatant idiot’ Trump’s being re-elected, and describing Joe Biden, the supposed ‘safe pair of hands’, as pale, old and tired.

Join us on November 21st, when the U.S. presidential primary campaign will be in full swing, for a night of withering satire, relentless ridicule and sharp political insight from two of the most celebrated commentators of our times.

Event Name

P.J. O’Rourke and Lionel Shriver on the Battle for the White House


Choose Tickets

Speakers
  • P.J. O’Rourke

    Author, journalist and humorist

  • Lionel Shriver

    Novelist and journalist

Chair
  • Razia Iqbal

    BBC journalist and broadcaster

 

Speakers are subject to change.


Location
  • Emmanuel Centre
  • 9-23 Marsham Street
  • London
  • SW1P 3DW
Time
  • Thursday 21 November 2019
  • 7pm to 8:30pm



Speakers

Speakers

P.J. O’Rourke

Author, journalist and humorist


Author, journalist and humorist, renowned for his political satire. He is the author of 17 books, including Holidays in Hell and Republican Party Reptile, and is a columnist for the Daily Beast, The Atlantic Monthly and The Weekly Standard. His book about the 2016 US presidential race, How the Hell Did This Happen?, was published in March 2017.

Lionel Shriver

Novelist and journalist


Author of twelve novels, including the bestsellers The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 and the Orange-Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (also a 2011 feature film). She won the 2014 BBC National Short Story Award, and her novella and story collection Property was published in 2018. She is a prolific journalist whose writing has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, amongst other publications.
Chair

Razia Iqbal

BBC journalist and broadcaster


One of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship international news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. She also regularly presents The World Tonight on Radio 4.

 

Speakers are subject to change.