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"Utterly charming . . . a big-hearted, flawless coming-of-age tale, as scary and funny as your yearbook picture."
-"People" (****/Critic's Choice)
The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his first term at university. He has a dark secret-a long-held, burning ambition to appear on the wildly popular British TV quiz show "University Challenge"-and now, finally, it seems the dream is about to become reality. He's made the school team, and they've completed the qualifying rounds and are limbering up for their first televised match. (And, what's more, he's fallen head over heels for one of his teammates, the beautiful, brainy, and intimidatingly posh Alice Harbinson.) Life seems perfect and triumph inevitable-but as his world opens up, Brian learns that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
"Fresh, edgy and very funny . . . Nicholls] has a talent for droll dialogue and a wonderful sense of the ridiculous."
"Starter for Ten has that elusive Hornby-factor. . . . It's wincingly funny . . . a prospect to savour."
About the Author
DAVID NICHOLLS is the author of "A Question of Attraction", which sold more than 200,000 copies in the UK under the title "Starter for Ten", and which has been optioned for the screen by Tom Hank's Playtone Productions. He is also a successful television screenwriter, whose credits "Cold Feet" (Bravo) and "Rescue Me", which he also created. He co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Sam Shepard's "Simpatico", starring Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte, and Albert Finney. He lives in London.