Tackling a heavy subject

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver, published in hardback by HarperCollins, priced �16.99 (ebook �10.99). PA Photo/HarperCollins.

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver, published in hardback by HarperCollins, priced �16.99 (ebook �10.99). PA Photo/HarperCollins.

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Big Brother by Lionel Shriver is published in hardback by HarperCollins.

Pandora, the main character and narrator, is horrified to discover her once handsome and slim older brother is addicted to junk food and has piled on hundreds of pounds in weight.

The novel, which after a rather slow first chapter, steadily builds into a powerful work. The subsequent tale is all the more poignant, given that the author’s brother died of complications arising from obesity.

Shriver is fearless when tackling subjects many authors might be too squeamish to attempt.