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Straight White Male

Narrated by: John Cormack
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)
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Summary

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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  • 28-01-19

Filthily Funny, Entertaining and Poignant

Steven Stelfox took some beating for his excessive lifestyle but Kennedy Marr has risen to the challenge and added charisma, charm and personality to the equation with astounding results. The reader is pitch perfect and this is is a wonderful satire of Hollywood and UK academia with a leading character of dubious morality and a massive appetite for life. In fact this whole novel is about living life to the full come what may until events conspire to remind Kennedy who he really is and what is most important to him. Kennedy's journey is massively entertaining and there are many laugh out loud moments so be warned if you plan to listen to it on the tube!

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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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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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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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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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loved it

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

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Excellent

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

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