A comedy masterpiece from the internationally bestselling author of ONE DAY and THE UNDERSTUDY.
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?
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
David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Sweet Sorrow, Us, The Understudy and Starter for Ten. One Day was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim. Published in 40 languages, it became a global bestseller, winning the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David was named Author of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards after his fourth novel, Us, was another no. 1 bestseller and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
On screen, David has written adaptations of Far From the Madding Crowd, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Great Expectations, as well as turning his own novels, Starter for Ten and One Day, into feature films. His adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for an Emmy and won him a BAFTA for best writer. Other works for TV include episodes of Cold Feet, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and two-part love story The 7.39, and he has also adapted his novel Us as a four part drama for BBC1, starring Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves.