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Starter For Ten

Starter For Ten

David Nicholls’ highly-anticipated new novel, SWEET SORROW, is out now.

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?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 1st March 2004

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781848943995

Reviews

Trust us, you'll love it
<i>Arena</i>
What a delight... David Nicholls is enormously talented, he has an exquisite eye for details, humour and the ridiculous and he deserves every ounce of the huge success he will undoubtedly have with this pleasure of a book
Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It
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
Nicholls' portrayal of student affectations is accurate and funny ... clever and well-written
Independent
Toe-curlingly embarrassing and cleverly observed... it'll have you wincing and laughing simultaneously. Fabulous
<i>Company</i>
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 bittersweet coming-of-age tale ... A fine, funny book
<i>Heat</i>
Wonderfully written ... This is a lovely look back at a time when you were young enough to think that anything could happen
The Word
Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny... Read this book
<i>Jack</i>
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
Hilarious ... you won't be able to put it down
OK
For conjuring up all those cringeworthy moments of youth, this read is unrivalled
Glamour
A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible
<i>Daily Mail</i>
I laughed a lot
Jeremy Paxman on STARTER FOR TEN
A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible
<i>Daily Mail</i>
Painfully funny
Elle
I laughed out loud, I cringed in recognition, and more than once I paused in admiration at an observation so wry, so on the money, I wondered why it had never occurred to me before. There have been many pretenders to the throne of Hornby; David Nicholls is his legitimate heir
Mike Bullen, creator of 'Cold Feet'
Trust us, you'll love it
<i>Arena</i>
Wonderfully written ... This is a lovely look back at a time when you were young enough to think that anything could happen
The Word
What a delight... David Nicholls is enormously talented, he has an exquisite eye for details, humour and the ridiculous and he deserves every ounce of the huge success he will undoubtedly have with this pleasure of a book
Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It
Relentlessly delightful
Mil Millington
Toe-curlingly embarrassing and cleverly observed... it'll have you wincing and laughing simultaneously. Fabulous
<i>Company</i>
Nicholls' portrayal of student affectations is accurate and funny ... clever and well-written
<i>Independent</i>
Warm and funny ... Hilarious
Daily Mirror
I laughed a lot
Jeremy Paxman on STARTER FOR TEN
Absolutely fabulous ... brilliantly funny
Jenny Colgan, author of Amanda's Wedding
Hugely (and deservedly) hyped ... Achingly funny
She
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
Absolutely fabulous ... brilliantly funny
Jenny Colgan, author of Amanda's Wedding
A comic genius
Maria Beaumont on David Nicholls
A bittersweet coming-of-age tale ... A fine, funny book
<i>Heat</i>
Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny, Starter for Ten hits the spot time after time. Read this book
<i>Jack</i> on STARTER FOR TEN
Hugely (and deservedly) hyped ... Achingly funny
She
Spry, affecting debut ... If it's possible to wince with your whole body, that broadly equates to my experience of reading it
Time Out
I absolutely loved Starter for Ten
Emily Barr, author of Backpack
Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny... Read this book
<i>Jack</i>
I absolutely loved Starter for Ten
Emily Barr, author of Backpack
A funny, touching novel reminiscent of the classic film Gregory's Girl with an authentic 1980s backdrop
Sunday Mirror
Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny, Starter for Ten hits the spot time after time. Read this book
<i>Jack</i> on STARTER FOR TEN
A comic genius
Maria Beaumont on David Nicholls
Nicholls' portrayal of student affectations is accurate and funny ... clever and well-written
<i>Independent</i>
For conjuring up all those cringeworthy moments of youth, this read is unrivalled
Glamour
Relentlessly delightful
Mil Millington
Hilarious ... you won't be able to put it down
OK
I laughed out loud, I cringed in recognition, and more than once I paused in admiration at an observation so wry, so on the money, I wondered why it had never occurred to me before. There have been many pretenders to the throne of Hornby; David Nicholls is his legitimate heir
Mike Bullen, creator of 'Cold Feet'
Warm and funny ... Hilarious
Daily Mirror
Painfully funny
Elle
Brilliant... we would recommend it to anyone
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan