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Straight White Male

Narrated by: John Cormack
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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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 writer's 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 midlife crisis and the contemporary male sexual psyche. It is a brilliant new satire from one of Britain's sharpest writers.

©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)

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  • wayne
  • 21-10-2018

Thought provoking.

Thank heavens for suggested reading. On this chance discovery John Niven has a new fan. Crafted with the wit and skill of Kennedy himself. Intelligent, insightful and humorous story with a cautionary heartbeat. Excellent narration untroubled by accent or gender.

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  • Scott T.
  • 31-08-2018

A fair attempt at middle age melancholy

A little slice of self-indulgence goes a long way here. In the Amateurs John Niven spent a lot of time describing his real home town as his setting. Presumably now he’s wealthy and pals with movie types he’s just saying what he’s seeing now. A story of regret and self-indulgence with a central character who became boring in his impulsive behaviour. It’s ok I suppose.

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  • Nigel
  • 16-01-2018

Irreverently funny

Typical of Nivens other works cleverly brings in the world of classic literature with sex drugs and rock and roll lifestyle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-2017

Great Book!

gets better and better. love this author. great balance to the characters and plot. it's funny, it's sad...its thought provoking

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  • F. McKee
  • 30-04-2017

loved it

Very funny, intelligent and moving book. John Niven smashed it out of the park again!

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  • m ward
  • 04-03-2016

Excellent

Much more thoughtful than I'd expected. Funny and sad. Excellent and well read. Well worth getting

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