About Max

I’m the author of Flypaper for Freaks, Freaking Hired! and Freaked Out, and I’m something of a social observer. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

If you’re looking for mainstream groupthink, I’m not your man.

But an alternative perspective? Read on. Some call it contrarian, but to me it’s just about leaving no stone unturned and widening horizons.

I’ve tried to make the books accessible, so all are free to read on Kindle Unlimited and affordable to purchase on Kindle e-book. There are paperback versions too.

Everything I cover is what I passionately believe people need to know.

I hope that you enjoy them.

Bored Harder

The hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic is once again back centre stage, now that Blondie and the band have driven a bus through respect for International Law. But hang on a moment. While those shameless rogues backslid unflushed down the diplomatic pan, the monopoly on chalatanical chicanery did not end at […]

The Competitive Hedge

Not many have been impervious to boorish professional sports stars banging on about how they hate to lose games with their colleagues – and even their kids – because they are ‘so competitive’. These dullards merrily recount how they storm off in a strop at any ‘defeat’ inflicted on them, wearing their hissy chagrin like […]

Top of the Populists

This week’s edition of Top of the Populists comes directly from Downing Street as Boris looks straight into the camera while surreptitiously abusing members of the audience. Blondie and the gang are rapidly closing the gap on Jimmy Savile’s scumometer needle reading, but surely not even Jim could have fixed this clusterfuck. Even keen Brexiters […]

Moonage Daydream

Moonshot testing. What planet (or astronomical body orbiting the Earth) is this schmuck on? Today, I listened to Moonage Daydream, and for the first time ever, it never felt even remotely bonkers. In a few weeks’ time, I Am the Walrus will feel like a contemporary social commentary. Shooting for the moon is somewhat risible […]

Britannia Waives the Rules

The current UK Government, which has been unravelling at an unparalleled rate of knots since Christmas, is about to traverse the fundamental red line of any respected nation state. They have announced that they are pondering a deliberate transgression of international law in relation to the EU Withdrawal Agreement – because it suits them. This […]

Give Us a Break

‘I’m taking a break from Twitter‘, say an increasingly hefty swathe of Tweeters. Typically, this is coupled with a reference to the essential preservation of mental health. This must be an affliction of the new millennium. Even an exercise in withdrawing from the social scene ostensibly to avoid the spotlight morphs into a supplementary attention-seeking […]

Buggers With Large Lies

In recent weeks, I’ve been working with an organisation on some recruitment activity, which proved to be eye-popping candy. Now, I’m well-conversed with the approaches of recruitment charlatans; in fact, their peccadilloes were once the object of intense personal curiosity. The UK recruitment sphere has long since been a social large intestine. But now the […]

Rumpy Pumpy

The US Presidential race is gathering pace on the uphill side of pretty warm, and with that we have started to witness a corresponding stoke-up of rhetoric. But for all the criticism of Mr Trump – all the bonkers, collapsible car/squirty flower clown stuff – he made it to the White House. And that route […]

Clark Kent

The actor Chadwick Boseman passed away earlier this week at the age of 43 years. Now, I’m typically sceptical about the cringe-inducing missives concerning the dearly departed from those who never knew, nor even considered the dearly departed when he or she was alive. And to an extent, this was the same. Shoddy, self-serving Twitter […]

Suck Cess

It’s the $64,000-dollar question: how do you achieve success? I would say, precisely on your own terms. But that is not the way the world is turning. As COVID clowning forces more and more people into relative isolation, online technology has snagged a wider window of opportunity. And hot on the heels of any online […]

Rowing in the Wrong Direction

Psycho-federalist keyboard warrior Guy Verhofstadt is in the boat rowing for migrants this week. Purportedly. Pithily, he reminded us that migration has been central to human history, and wryly noted that, ‘reportedly, even Nigel Farage’s ancestors once fled to England to make a better life.’ As barbs go, that wasn’t bad for a bloke who […]

The Golden Turd

I remember a time when the favourite educational pastime was slagging off Media Studies. That has hardly aged well. Most people seem to be neither able to accurately identify fake news nor to understand the relationships between discourse and power. And no, reciting Homer at tiresome dinner parties for the entertainment of twittering hoes, who […]

Debbie ‘Nam

A conference call and off you pop. It may be the end if an era, but the demise of Debenhams should not perturb the cognoscenti. Yet at one time, they were rocking. Great products with modern designers and all-round accessibility. So what went awry? Well, this is not a COVID horror story per se. Yes, […]

Lying Low

The UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson foreshadowed the latest Government debacle with a warning on the danger that school students might be over-promoted into jobs that are beyond their competence. I can only admire his steadfast ability to deadpan that message. That’s weapons-grade irony, right there. This is a man who probably hides a spare […]

Get Dawn on It

Dawn Butler has been in the news again, which is always a nailed-on opportunity for absurdity and a good giggle. This time it’s some stop-and-search shenanigans. If you need a good laugh, just get Dawn on it. Whatever has occurred, it will doubtless be a matter for some up-and-coming cop to unravel while maintaining his […]


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