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John Niven

Writer. Go ahead. Make his day.

Scottish-born author John Niven broke through with his first novel, Kill Your Friends. It is the story of A&R man Steven Stelfox and the darkly-satirical representation of the music industry. The book has been compared to American Psycho, called 'possibly the best British Novel since Trainspotting' and a feature film is due to be adapted with a script written by John Niven.

With Cold Hands Niven turned his hand deftly to the typical crime format. Set in the bleak wilderness of central Canada, Donnie Miller finds his past coming back to haunt him and his family.

Reading a John Niven novel is not for the faint-hearted. Drink, drugs and sex are a mainstay of his fiction with many of his protagonists abusing ludicrous amounts of all three. Alongside Kill Your Friends' Stelfox, Straight White Male's Kennedy Marr is a womanising, heavy-drinking, highly literate author and LA script doctor with a similar appetite for big spending - although he is admittedly less psychotic than Stelfox.

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