Obesity is a terribly touchy topic. It requires a high degree of tact to address the subject without hurting the vulnerable egos of overweight readers. And scribblers who tackle this hot potato without exercising the requisite caution risk sounding insensitive, if not downright disrespectful.
There's a surfeit of non-fiction books out there about dieting and the causes of over-eating, but there are precious few good works of literature featuring obese characters that manage to handle this issue both honestly and sensitively.
Big Brother, the latest novel by American-born British journalist and author Lionel Shriver, is one that ticks nearly all the boxes.
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