Starter for Ten

Starter for Ten

A Novel

Book - 2007 | 2007 Villard Books trade pbk. ed.
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“Utterly charming . . . a big-hearted, flawless coming-of-age tale, as scary and funny as your yearbook picture.”—People (four stars)


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.

Praise for A Starter for Ten

“Fresh, edgy and very funny . . . [David Nicholls] has a talent for droll dialogue and a wonderful sense of the ridiculous.”USA Today

Starter for Ten has that elusive Hornby-factor. . . . It’s wincingly funny . . . a prospect to savour.”Arena

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Entering the university on a scholarship, a young middle-class Englishman harbors an ambition to appear on a television quiz show, an endeavor that, once attained, is challenged by his feelings for a posh teammate.

Publisher: New York : Villard, 2007.
Edition: 2007 Villard Books trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780345498120
0345498127
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Starter for 10

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Jan 27, 2013

Great Book! Highly Recommend. Also the movie.It's not as boring as the plot suggests really!

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