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?
About the Author
David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me, and I Saw You. He was co-writer for the film adaptation of Simpatico, which starred Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone. David's bestselling first novel, Starter For Ten, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and David has written the screenplays for film versions of both Starter For Ten (released in 2006, starring James McAvoy) and The Understudy (not yet released). Also, for BBC TV, David wrote a modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and recently adapted Tess of the D'Urbervilles. He is currently working on an adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.
A toe-curlingly embarrassing and cleverly observed comedy ... it'll have you wincing and laughing simultaneously. Fabulous - Company
A bittersweet coming-of-age tale ... Brian conjure[s] up strong echoes of one of that era's literary heroes, Adrian Mole ... A fine, funny book - Heat
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 funny, touching novel reminiscent of the classic film Gregory's Girl with an authentic 1980s backdrop - Sunday Mirror
Nicholls' portrayal of student affectations is accurate and funny ... clever and well-written - Independent
Hilarious ... you won't be able to put it down - OK
Painfully funny - Elle
Warm and funny ... Hilarious - Daily Mirror