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The Understudy

The Understudy

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

On Sale: 28th March 2005

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781848944008

Reviews

The humour is authentic and perfectly pitched.
Waitrose Weekend
A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible.
<i>Daily Mail</i>
Book of the Month
<i>Red</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>
I adored THE UNDERSTUDY. It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written.
<i>New Woman</i>
Brilliantly written and very funny
<i>Closer</i>, 4 stars
Bitterly funny
<i>Observer</i>
Darkly funny and oddly romantic.
<i>More</i>
I adored "The Understudy". It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written.
New Woman
Highly enjoyable ... both knowing and charming.
<i>Mirror Ticket</i>
Sweet and funny.
<i>Eve</i>
An entertaining follow-up to Nicholls' brilliant debut.
Heat
A brilliantly funny book.
<i>Marie Claire</i>
An unusual mix of cynicism and romance - no slush, just lots of laughs!
<i>Company</i>
Funniest book of the year
<i>Marie Claire</i>
Hugely entertaining with a high ratio of chuckles and snorts per chapter.
<i>Good Book Guide</i>
Deeply funny, with brilliant dialogue.
<i>Good Housekeeping</i>
A funky, less-fluffy-than-funny rom com.
<i>Metro</i>
Both hilarious and heartbreaking.
Hannah Stephenson, various regional papers inc
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
A comic genius
Maria Beaumont on David Nicholls
Sharply funny...wonderfully chaotic.
<i>The Times</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
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>