The Understudy

The Understudy


By (author) David Nicholls

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 196mm x 28mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340935219
  • ISBN 13: 9780340935217
  • Edition: 10000
  • Edition statement: Reissue.
  • Sales rank: 6,646

Product description

For Josh Harper, being in show-business means everything he ever wanted - money, fame, a beautiful wife, and a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C. McQueen, it means a disastrous career playing passers-by and dead people. Stephen is stuck with an unfortunate name, a hopeless agent, a daughter he barely knows, and a job as understudy to Josh Harper, the 12th Sexiest Man in the World. And when Stephen falls in love with Josh's clever, funny wife Nora, things get even more difficult. But might there yet be a way for Stephen to get his Big Break? THE UNDERSTUDY is a scintillating comedy of ambition, celebrity, jealousy and love.

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Author information

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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I adored "The Understudy". It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written and makes you realise that even though some people are always cast as second best, that doesn't mean they're never winners. New Woman A comic genius Maria Beaumont on David Nicholls Brilliant... we would recommend it to anyone Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan on STARTER FOR T I laughed a lot Jeremy Paxman on STARTER FOR TEN Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny, Starter for Ten hits the spot time after time. Read this book Jack on STARTER FOR TEN A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible Daily Mail Bitterly funny Observer Darkly funny and oddly romantic. More An unusual mix of cynicism and romance - no slush, just lots of laughs! Company Hugely entertaining with a high ratio of chuckles and snorts per chapter. Good Book Guide A funky, less-fluffy-than-funny rom com. Metro Deeply funny, with brilliant dialogue. Good Housekeeping Sweet and funny. Eve Book of the Month Red Highly enjoyable ... both knowing and charming. Mirror Ticket Both hilarious and heartbreaking. Hannah Stephenson, various regional papers inc Funniest book of the year Marie Claire 'Romantic comedy with a charming British accent...plenty of material for screwball hilarity... His prose is laugh-out-loud funny... This jaunty, big-hearted novel is chick lit with a Y-chromosome.' Kirkus Reviews Brilliantly written and very funny Closer, 4 stars Sharply funny...wonderfully chaotic The Times The set pieces of social embarrassment are neatly threaded together, and there are some well-crafted tender moments too... It could hold its own against a Richard Curtis script Independent on Sunday An entertaining follow-up to Nicholls' brilliant debut Heat, top ten books for March The humour is authentic and perfectly pitched. Waitrose Weekend