A comedy masterpiece from the bestselling author of ONE DAY and STARTER FOR TEN.
From the bestselling author of STARTER FOR TEN, ONE DAY and US, THE UNDERSTUDY is a scintillating comedy of ambition, celebrity, jealousy and love.
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.
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
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.