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AuthorJohn Niven
Publication Date14 June 2018
Book DescriptionThe viciously funny novel by John Niven, bestselling author of Kill Your Friends and Straight White Male. What do you do when a homeless man knows your name? How about when he turns out to be a friend you haven't seen in twenty years? Do you treat him to a hot meal and see him on his way? Give him a wad of middle-class guilt money? Or take him in and get him back on his feet? For Alan, there's no question - only natural that he'd want to see his old mate Craig off the streets, even if only for a few nights, and into some clean clothes. But what if the successful life you've made for yourself - good job, happy marriage, lovely kids, grand Victorian house (you did well out of the property boom, thank you very much) - is one that that your old pal would quite like to have too? Even if it means taking it from you? Following the divergent lives of two childhood friends, No Good Deed is a funny and painful examination of friendship, the strange currents of ambition, loathing, pity and affection that flow between people over the decades, and of men getting older as they fail and succeed.
Editorial Review`He's a funny writer, John Niven. Not funny peculiar: funny ha ha. Properly funny, in a scabrous and scatological sort of way, and in his latest book he doesn't disappoint. It's a big, comic tableau, painted in bright, broad shades with plenty of splatter marks ... Niven makes sentences beautifully - which, in whatever genre you are writing, is what matters most - and this novel clips along as enjoyably as all his others ... There are two John Nivens in this novel. One provides the broad farce ... But the other supplies something that's closer to Nick Hornby territory ... Niven is particularly good on how easy it is to resent our friends, how charity can be covertly aggressive, and how psychological power dynamics don't really shift from our teenage years ... There's a poignancy here ... Always worth reading. He's a writer - or two - who still has a lot more in the tank.' -- Sam Leith
About the AuthorJohn Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. He is the author of the novella Music from Big Pink and the novels Kill Your Friends, The Amateurs, The Second Coming, Cold Hands, Straight White Male, The Sunshine Cruise Company and No Good Deed.
Number of Pages304

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