Kill Your Friends

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Kill Your Friends
First edition (UK)
AuthorJohn Niven
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreSatire, Crime Fiction
Publication date
7 Feb 2008
Media typePrint
Followed byThe Amateurs 

Kill Your Friends is the debut novel by the Scottish writer John Niven. It was published in 2008 by William Heinemann.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel is set in 1997 at the height of the Britpop music scene. The protagonist, Steven Stelfox, is unhappy about his current position as an A&R agent in the record company he works for in London. Stelfox, uninterested in most music, is jealous of his coworkers' success in finding successful musical acts and attempts to climb the career ladder amidst competition.

Critical response[edit]

The protagonist and plot have been compared to American Psycho and been described as "mad, gleeful nastiness".[1] The work is considered satirical, and is described as an "all-out assault" by The Independent,[2] and as having "the horrible, slightly metallic tang of total authenticity" by the Philadelphia Weekly.[3]

Film adaptation[edit]

A feature film has been made based on the novel, directed by Owen Harris, with a script written by John Niven. Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Tom Riley, and Georgia King star in the film.[4]


  1. ^ Housham, Jane (31 January 2009). "Mad, gleeful nastiness". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  2. ^ Gibbs, Jonathan (12 February 2008). "Kill Your Friends, by John Niven". The Independent. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  3. ^ Wells, Steven (21 April 2009). "Kill Your Friends". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (10 March 2014). "Music Biz Satire 'Kill Your Friends' Starts to Shoot in London". Variety. Retrieved 11 March 2014.