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

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.


Bitterly funny
A comic genius
Maria Beaumont on David Nicholls
Darkly funny and oddly romantic.
An unusual mix of cynicism and romance - no slush, just lots of laughs!
A brilliantly funny book.
<i>Marie Claire</i>
Hugely entertaining with a high ratio of chuckles and snorts per chapter.
<i>Good Book Guide</i>
I adored THE UNDERSTUDY. It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written.
<i>New Woman</i>
A funky, less-fluffy-than-funny rom com.
Deeply funny, with brilliant dialogue.
<i>Good Housekeeping</i>
Sweet and funny.
Book of the Month
Highly enjoyable ... both knowing and charming.
<i>Mirror Ticket</i>
Both hilarious and heartbreaking.
Hannah Stephenson, various regional papers inc
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
<i>Jack</i> on STARTER FOR TEN
Brilliant... we would recommend it to anyone
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan on STARTER FOR T
Funniest book of the year
<i>Marie Claire</i>
'Romantic comedy with a charming British accent....plenty of material for screwball hilarity... His prose is laugh-out-loud funny... This jaunty, big-hearted novel is chick lit with a Y-chromosome.'
<i>Kirk US Reviews</i>
Brilliantly written and very funny
<i>Closer</i>, 4 stars
The set pieces of social embarrassment are neatly threaded together, and there are some well-crafted tender moments too... It could hold its own against a Richard Curtis script
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
The humour is authentic and perfectly pitched.
Waitrose Weekend
I adored "The Understudy". It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written.
New Woman
A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible.
<i>Daily Mail</i>
Sharply funny...wonderfully chaotic.
<i>The Times</i>
An entertaining follow-up to Nicholls' brilliant debut.