• Straight White Male

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: John Cormack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-08-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks (UK)
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (79 ratings)

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott T. on 31-08-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 16-01-18

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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