What would happen if the US economy collapsed?

Lionel Shriver’s new novel explores what would happen if the American financial system were to melt down. She talks to George Alagiah at the Hay Festival.

Lionel Shriver’s novels have never shied away from tackling big issues – from school shootings in We Need to Talk about Kevin to obesity in Big Brother. Her new novel The Mandibles imagines life in the United States after all the certainties of the current financial system have been swept aside. Set in the not-too-distant future, it imagines a once-wealthy family who must cope with the loss of their fortune and struggle with the realities of survival in a dangerous new climate.

Is such a scenario really that far-fetched? The author speaks with the BBC’s George Alagiah before a live audience at the Hay Festival.

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