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Starter For Ten: The debut novel by the author of ONE DAY

David Nicholls

8 Reviews

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c 1980 to c 1990, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance

A comedy about love, class, growing up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.

The debut novel by beloved bestselling author David Nicholls.

'Painfully funny'
ELLE

'Hugely entertaining'
DAILY MAIL

'Wincingly good'
TIME OUT

'Unrivalled'
GLAMOUR

'I laughed a lot'
JEREMY PAXMAN

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 . . .

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Praise for Starter For Ten: The debut novel by the author of ONE DAY

  • 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

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David Nicholls

David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Starter for Ten, The Understudy, One Day, Us and Sweet Sorrow. One Day was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim: translated into 40 languages, it became a global bestseller, selling millions of copies worldwide. His fourth novel, Us, was longlisted for the 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 of his own novels, Starter for Ten, One Day and Us. 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. A new Netflix adaptation of One Day will be released in 2024, which David is executive-producing.
David's latest novel, You Are Here, will be published in April 2024 and is available for pre-order now.

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