‘Kill Your Friends’ by John Niven – book review

Kill Your Friends by John Niven

I’ve been reading books since I was little, but back then, the plots weren’t so hot. I mean, let’s go with ‘The Cat Sat on the Mat’ or the old favourite, ‘Fun with Dick & Jane’.

As I grew, so did my understanding and humour. Now I enjoy reading about all sorts of things. Sci-fi, thrillers, murders. It’s all good. I even get a kick out of some of Dickens books. But this book ‘Kill Your Friends’, man!

‘Kill Your Friends’ is one of those books you really do find yourself laughing out loud to. You laugh at its honesty about the music business – which the book is based on the British music industry in the late 90’s. You find yourself laughing at the nasty things the main character gets up to in order to keep his drug fueled job going.

I know you always hear people saying “You’ve gotta see this movie” or “hey, you really must visit India, man”, but I’m telling you if you’re involved in the music business or not – especially if you’re just picking up a guitar for the first time and thinking “I want to be in a band and get paid for tooling around all day” – READ THIS BOOK! It is the Gospel. It takes a lot to get me out of the pram these days. But I couldn’t put this book down. It was written in a way like you were watching it at the movies (and I can guarantee this will be a movie in the next couple of years).

So I say well done John Niven and thank you for giving me one of the best reads ever!

This book is funny, tragic and educational. Miss it and you will have missed out.

Kill Your Friends on amazon.co.uk

Kill Your Friends on amazon.com

By: Dave Tommo