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By John Niven

Irish novelist Kennedy Marr is a primary cost undesirable boy. whilst he isn't incomes a fortune as certainly one of Hollywood’s such a lot wanted script writers, he's consuming, insulting and philandering his manner via los angeles, ‘successfully debunking the parable that males are not able to multitask’. he's enjoyed by means of many ladies, yet loathed via much more together with ex-wives on each side of the pond.

Kennedy’s urge for food for difficulty is insatiable, but if he discovers that he owes 1.4 million cash in again taxes, it sort of feels his outrageous, hedonistic way of life will not be as sustainable as he suggestion. pressured to simply accept a instructing place at sleepy Deeping college, the place his ex-wife and teenaged daughter now live, Kennedy returns to England with a paper path of tabloid headlines and scorned starlets scorching on his bespoke heels. notwithstanding, as he acclimatizes to the old fashioned campus Kennedy is pressured to reassess his laddish way of life. wonderful because it could appear, there may possibly really be a father and a instructor lurking within this ‘preening, narcissistic, priapic sociopath’.

STRAIGHT WHITE MALE is a wildly humorous and whip shrewdpermanent story of Kennedy’s transatlantic misadventures. It’s an uninhibited and heartfelt examine the mid-life quandary of a adorable rogue.

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Courtesy of Kennedy: a three-week uncredited discussion polish on an Angelina Jolie automobile that by no means observed the sunshine of day. ) Millie negotiated the slender, asymmetric Tudor staircase and knocked on her daughter’s bed room door. track was once very faintly audible from within, anything not easy and atonal. She knocked back, louder, and entered. Robin Marr was once stretched out on her mattress in denims, T-shirt (the Breeders) and headphones, her eyes closed, a plectrum clamped among her tooth as she used her palms to play in addition to no matter what she used to be hearing on her unplugged bass. (A classic Fender Mustang, a present from her father. ) Millie shook her naked foot and Robin jumped up. ‘Mum! You sacred the shi—’ ‘We have to speak. ’ Robin slipped the headphones off and sat up, the track shrill throughout the tiny audio system sooner than she hit ‘Pause’ on her iPod. ‘You’re going to wreck your ears,’ Millie heard herself announcing, now not absolutely recognising herself within the method. She sat at the finish of her daughter’s mattress and took within the outfits strewn in all places, the open textbooks and folders scattered right here and there, the soiled plates, mugs and glasses, the posters – gap, Manic highway Preachers, Sonic adolescence – and the computing device open: fb and Twitter either up. Robin plucked a number of notes at the bass. ‘Please, Robin,’ Millie acknowledged. Robin sighed and set the device down. She blew her fringe out of her eyes, her hair bobbed, thick and black, her father’s hair. At 16 the very attractive girl Robin was once going to develop into was once relatively commencing to come throughout the dog fats she was once laying off each day. ‘I simply acquired off the telephone together with your dad. He’s going to name you in a section. ’ ‘Is whatever improper? ’ ‘Not flawed, precisely. simply . . . strange. I knew he’d been provided this factor yet I hadn’t pointed out it simply because i presumed he’d by no means . . . besides, he’s gained this award, a fellowship, and, good, one of many phrases of it really is that he has to return and spend a tutorial yr right here, at Deeping. ’ ‘Really? Doing what? ’ Millie felt herself scuffling with a smile. ‘Teaching. ’ ‘Dad? instructing? ’ mom and daughter either cracked up. ‘Jesus Christ,’ Robin acknowledged after a second. ‘I know,’ Millie stated. ‘Hang on, he’s going to return and dwell right here? ’ Robin pointed on the mattress, the ground. ‘Oh God no. The collage will lease him a home off campus someplace. yet he’ll be round a good bit. He’ll be up and right down to Pinewood. a few movie he’s written is capturing over the following later within the yr. That girl’s in it it sounds as if. the single you love. Thingy. Ooh, you recognize . . . ’ Robin made the gesture, either arms rotating lightly on the wrists – comeoncomeoncomeon. whatever she’d picked up from Kennedy. ‘Oh bloody hell! He simply instructed me. ’ not anything made Millie consider older than moments like those. ‘She used to be in that factor, the place they pass at the roadtrip. the only with the brown hair and the little mole. She did that humorous dance. ’ ‘Julie Teal? ’ ‘Yes! ’ ‘Wow. ’ This was once a unprecedented wow from Robin – one provided with out sarcasm or irony. She have been to motion picture units frequently together with her father, on vacation journeys to l. a..

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