Starter for Ten

Starter for Ten

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By (author) David Nicholls

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340734876
  • ISBN 13: 9780340734872
  • Illustrations note: n/a
  • Sales rank: 2,991

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It's 1985 and Brian Jackson has arrived at university with a burning ambition - to make it onto TV's foremost general knowledge quiz. But no sooner has he embarked on 'The Challenge' than he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with his teammate, the beautiful and charismatic would-be actress, Alice Harbinson. When Alice fails to fall for his slightly over-eager charms, Brian comes up with a foolproof plan to capture her heart once and for all. He's going to win the game, at any cost, because - after all - everyone knows that what a woman really wants from a man is a comprehensive grasp of general knowledge ...STARTER FOR TEN is a comedy about love, class, growing-up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. Are you up to the challenge of the funniest novel in years?

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Galaxy Book Award-winner (ONE DAY), Richard & Judy bestseller (STARTER FOR TEN), BAFTA Award nominee (GREAT EXPECTATIONS) and now Man Booker Longlisted (US) author David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. As well as his multimillion-copy bestselling novels STARTER FOR TEN, THE UNDERSTUDY and ONE DAY, David is a scriptwriter whose credits include the TV series Cold Feet, Rescue Me, I Saw You, the TV movies The 7:39 and Aftersun, and screenplays for Far From the Madding Crowd, Great Expectations, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and When Did You Last See Your Father? He has also written the screenplays for the film adaptations of his own novels, STARTER FOR TEN (2006) which starred James McAvoy, ONE DAY (2010), starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, and the forthcoming THE UNDERSTUDY (release TBC).

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By Tracy Hudson 03 May 2011 4

This book made me laugh. It is a look at university life in the 1980's and how to make the transition from school kid to the cusp of adulthood. I picked it as my www.ourbookclub.net.au book pick for April 2011. Read my full www.ourbookclub.net.au review at http://www.ourbookclub.net.au/LiteratureAndFiction2011.php#starter-for-ten

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Starter for Ten is the debut of the year; a recommendation repeated by all who come in contact with it ... Trust us, you'll love it Arena Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny, Starter for Ten hits the spot time after time. Read this book Jack A toe-curlingly embarrassing and cleverly observed comedy ... it'll have you wincing and laughing simultaneously. Fabulous Company A bittersweet coming-of-age tale ... Brian conjure[s] up strong echoes of one of that era's literary heroes, Adrian Mole ... A fine, funny book Heat Spry, affecting debut ... If it's possible to wince with your whole body, that broadly equates to my experience of reading it Time Out A funny, touching novel reminiscent of the classic film Gregory's Girl with an authentic 1980s backdrop Sunday Mirror Nicholls' portrayal of student affectations is accurate and funny ... clever and well-written Independent Hilarious ... you won't be able to put it down OK Painfully funny Elle Warm and funny ... Hilarious Daily Mirror Hugely (and deservedly) hyped ... Achingly funny She I laughed out loud, I cringed in recognition, and more than once I paused in admiration at an observation so wry, so on the money, I wondered why it had never occurred to me before. There have been many pretenders to the throne of Hornby; David Nicholls is his legitimate heir Mike Bullen, creator of 'Cold Feet' For conjuring up all those cringeworthy moments of youth, this read is unrivalled Glamour Relentlessly delightful Mil Millington Absolutely fabulous ... brilliantly funny Jenny Colgan, author of Amanda's Wedding Wonderfully written ... This is a lovely look back at a time when you were young enough to think that anything could happen The Word What a delight... David Nicholls is enormously talented, he has an exquisite eye for details, humour and the ridiculous and he deserves every ounce of the huge success he will undoubtedly have with this pleasure of a book Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It I absolutely loved Starter for Ten Emily Barr, author of Backpack