‘A brilliant writer.’ Russell Tovey
‘Thoroughly entertaining.’ OTEGHA UWAGBA
‘Funny and beautifully revealing.’ BELLA MACKIE
‘Wise, sharp and naughty.’ THE OBSERVER
‘Herein lie the men of Raven Smith. Each of them has left a mark, a memory, a stain, whether they meant to or not. Some hit deep, and I caught feels. Some I discarded like a clip-on neck tie’
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Raven Smith’s Trivial Pursuits, comes a pin sharp, hilarious and incisive exploration of what it means to be a man in the modern day.
This book is about men because, in an annoying way, everything is. Funny men, tall men, charming men. Stepdads, actual dads and ripped ‘sports dads’. Raven Smith has been trying to distil what it is about men that has kept him intrigued his whole life.
Part memoir, part exploration of the peculiar dynamics and amorphous boundaries of masculinity, Raven looks unflinchingly at his own history, offering a cautious reverence of a life lived in parallel with other men. Blending the personal, the primal and the perennial, these are Raven Smith’s men in all their infuriating, labyrinthine complexity.
Raven Smith has been 32 for several years and lives in London with his husband and cat. The current Vogue and former Sunday Times columnist is quoted by many as the funniest person on Instagram, which does nothing to minimise his ego. His first book, Trivial Pursuits, was a Sunday Times best-seller.
PRAISE FOR RAVEN SMITH’S MEN -
”The antithesis to the plot of Pride and Prejudice, Raven Smith retains both his pride and prejudice as we cringe along to his multifaceted sexual conquests and misdemeanours. Constantly reminding us of our own rush from puberty to adulthood, Raven’s searingly honest voice spirals us downwards into an ever shifting personal rabbit hole from which, presented with a much needed emotional hand job, we climb back out into the light. A brilliant writer, he takes up all the space, pushing over extended budgie smugglers into gaps that have been missing from the contemporary autobiography for far too long.” - RUSSELL TOVEY, ACTOR, WRITER & BROADCASTER
‘A thoroughly entertaining, no-holds-barred examination of modern masculinity that offers up conclusions as surprising as they are perceptive.' OTEGHA UWAGBA -
‘Raven Smith’s Men is a book both unfairly funny and beautifully revealing. I felt like a curtain had been pulled back, allowing me not only to inhabit his brain for a while, but also to look at men through the eyes of one who finds them so interesting, frustrating and addictive. Raven himself is the lynchpin of this book, and his writing is so near perfect I could read about this particular man all day.’BELLA MACKIE -
”'MEN is stylish, funny, and acid-tongued, which is to say it’s everything I love about Raven Smith’s writing” - MONICA HEISEY
”'In a nutshell: Boys boys boys. Writer, charmer-about-town and meme magician…part-screamingly funny memoir, part-treatise on men, patriarchy and masculinity - and where he fits into it all.” - EVENING STANDARD
”'Raven Smith’s Men is a new collection of essays about the writer’s conflicted love for men, and it’s just as wise, sharp and naughty as you’d expect from one of the funniest men on the internet.” - THE OBSERVER