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By (author) David Nicholls

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The debut bestseller from the author of the phenomenally successfully ONE DAY and Man Booker longlisted US. STARTER FOR TEN is a comedy about love, class, growing-up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. 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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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 260g
  • 19 Jul 2004
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London
  • English
  • n/a
  • 0340734876
  • 9780340734872
  • 2,876

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David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me, and I Saw You, as well as a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for film and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards. David's bestselling first novel, STARTER FOR TEN, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and David has written the screenplays for film versions of both STARTER FOR TEN (released in 2006, starring James McAvoy) and THE UNDERSTUDY (not yet released). David Nicholls' third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies and has been translated into thirty-seven languages. ONE DAY won the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David wrote the screenplay for Lone Scherfig's film adaptation starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, which was released in 2010.

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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 Nicholls' portrayal of student affectations is accurate and funny ... clever and well-written Independent Brilliant... we would recommend it to anyone Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan A funny, touching novel reminiscent of the classic film Gregory's Girl with an authentic 1980s backdrop Sunday Mirror

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Great lighthearted read

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-tenshow more
by Tracy Hudson