John Niven


Born
Irvine, Ayrshire, The United Kingdom

Born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Niven read English Literature at Glasgow University, graduating in 1991 with First Class honours. For the next ten years, he worked for a variety of record companies, including London Records and Independiente. He left the music industry to write full time in 2002 and published his debut novella Music from Big Pink in 2005 (Continuum Press). The novella was optioned for the screen by CC Films with a script has been written by English playwright Jez Butterworth. Niven's breakthrough novel Kill Your Friends is a satire of the music business, based on his brief career in A&R, during which he passed up the chance to sign Coldplay and Muse. The novel was published by William Heinemann in 2008 and achieved much accla ...more

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Kill Your Friends

3.80 avg rating — 5,771 ratings — published 2008 — 31 editions
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The Second Coming

3.98 avg rating — 4,204 ratings — published 2011 — 23 editions
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Straight White Male

3.89 avg rating — 1,846 ratings — published 2013 — 22 editions
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The Amateurs

4.02 avg rating — 1,398 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
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Cold Hands

3.72 avg rating — 707 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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The Sunshine Cruise Company

3.87 avg rating — 1,000 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Music from Big Pink

3.61 avg rating — 353 ratings — published 2005 — 7 editions
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No Good Deed

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Music From Big Pink

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Dad the Impaler

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2014
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“Yeah, beware the small man... Always beware the small man. He'll fuck you every time. Because they never forget, do they? All that grief they got at school. Over and over, and for the rest of their miserable short-arsed lives, someone's got to pay.”
John Niven, Kill Your Friends

“Here’s the important thing to say about meetings – nothing important ever got decided in a meeting. The place to get your own way is over lunch, in someone’s office, in the corridor, over drinks, dinner, anywhere but in a fucking meeting. What meetings are very good for, however, is stitching people up – undermining, belittling and humiliating them.”
John Niven, Kill Your Friends

“One thing you'll learn when you're in the business of selling utter shite to the Great British Public is that there's really no bottom to where they'll go. Shit food, shit TV, shit bands, shit films, shit houses. There is absolutely no fucking bottom with this stuff. The shittier you can make it - a bad photocopy of a bad photocopy of what was a shit idea in the first place - the more they'll eat it up with a big fucking spoon, from dawn till dusk, from now until the end of time. It's too good.”
John Niven, Kill Your Friends

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