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Straight White Male by John Niven
  

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Author of Kill Your Friends with another bold satire. Sex, sex and more sex, with a bit of drink thrown in and lots of swearing has dominated the life of writer Kennedy Marr for some years and now writer’s block has raised its ugly head, and debt. Then he wins a prize with lots of money attached and a big downside. He must teach for a year, an exercise that brings him closer to his past life … and some sort of salvation? Well … maybe. It’s a great piss-take on films and literature wrapped round a dark comic tale.

If you like John Niven you might also like to read books by S. J. Watson, Will Wiles and Karin Slaughter.

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Straight White Male by John Niven

Kennedy Marr is a novelist from the old school. Irish, acerbic, and a borderline alcoholic and sex-addict, his mantra is drink hard, write hard and try to screw every woman you meet. He's writing film scripts in LA, fucking, drinking and insulting his way through Californian society, but also suffering from writers block and unpaid taxes. Then a solution presents itself - Marr is to be the unlikely recipient of the W. F. Bingham Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Modern Literature, an award worth half a million pounds. But it does not come without a price: he must spend a year teaching at the English university where his ex-wife and estranged daughter now reside. As Kennedy acclimatises to the sleepy campus, inspiring revulsion and worship in equal measure, he's forced to reconsider his precarious lifestyle. Incredible as it may seem, there might actually be a father and a teacher lurking inside this 'preening, narcissistic, priapic, sociopath'. Or is there. Straight White Male is a no-holds-barred look into the mid-life crisis and the contemporary male sexual psyche. It is a brilliant new satire from one of Britain's sharpest writers.


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Straight White Male is a heartbreaker; a poignant literary treatise on the all-too-mortal battle between human individual desire and social need, disguised as a high-octane novel of laddish excess. -- Irvine Welsh

There's nothing faster, sadder or funnier than John Niven on men. I cried three times and laughed fifty. Magnificent. -- Caitlin Moran

John Niven has much, much more fun with Kennedy's drinking, fornicating, fighting, time-wasting antics than with his putative rehabilitation, and the reader does, too. We can't help rooting for Kennedy, a seducer but never a misogynist; a charmer who rushes at life with zest and brio ... Straight White Male is a sharp and knowing satire of the film industry, publishing and academia ... Thoroughly enjoyable. -- Suzi Feay Guardian

About the Author

John J. Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire in Scotland. He worked as an A & R man, and the music industry became the subject of his bestselling book Kill Your Friends, which was described as 'the best British novel since Trainspotting' (Word magazine) and is currently being made into a film. John Niven is also the author of the novella Music from Big Pink and the novels The Amateurs and The Second Coming, and he has written for The Times, Independent, Word and FHM among other publications. He lives in Buckinghamshire, but spends time in Los Angeles where he works as a screenwriter.

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

John Niven

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099592150

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