John Niven

John Niven was born in Scotland and worked as an A&R man in the British music industry for ten years before the publication of his debut bestseller “Kill Your Friends”, described as ‘the best British novel since Trainspotting’ by Word magazine. The book was subsequently made into a feature film starring Nick Hoult and James Corden. He has since written eight more novels including Straight White Male and The Second Coming. John also works as script doctor in Los Angeles, where he’s written projects for the likes of Mel Gibson, Colin Farrell and Vin Diesel. He has extensive public speaking experience and an endless supply of unprintable stories about the music and film industries. He’s also been a regular on Sky News’ Newspaper Review and has interviewed everyone from Caitlin Moran to Irvine Welsh onstage. He lives in Buckinghamshire.

His latest novel “The F*ck It List” was published in March 2020.


1. John Niven Interviews Chrissie Hynde about her book “Reckless”
2. John Niven being interviewed by Lockdown Litfest about “The F*ck It List”
3. Kill Your Friends a Beyond Cinema Original Interview