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Here, they are university student Brian Jackson and aspiring actress Alice Harbinson. Brian has arrived at his place of learning with a stronger desire than the acquisition of knowledge: he's going to be a star of TV's hottest quiz. But his progress on "The Challenge" is somewhat stymied by his growing desire for the beguiling Alice, struggling to make her mark as an actress. And as obstacles impede their affair, Brian becomes more and more convinced that only overwhelming success on the quiz show will win her.
What makes this novel such a delight, apart from the strongly drawn characters (both major and minor) is the coruscating dialogue: Nicholls writes comic dialogue like a dream, and his targets are many and varied: the idiocies of love and sex, the ludicrous pursuit of meaningless TV celebrity, fat cat businessmen lining their pockets--you name it, and it's probably here; Starter for Ten is a panoply of modern Britain with all its glories and excesses writ large. Nicholls wrote the third series of the hit TV series Cold Feet, which is as good a demonstration of his credentials as one could wish for. But Starter for Ten is his best work; there are no false notes struck by miscast actors, just prose that has a comic energy not often encountered these days. --Barry Forshaw
I loved this book and if you were a teenager and went thru Uni in the 1980's I'm sure you will love it too. I did actually laugh out loud a quite a few times. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by pathfinder
I arrived at this in reverse chronological sequence which was fortunate as based on this effort I'm not sure I would have been minded to move on to the excellent "Us" or... Read morePublished 26 days ago by dlight69
After reading 'One Day', I gave this book a go. I'm starting to like David Nicholls as an author. His books always seem to have realistic feeling attached to the characters. Read morePublished 28 days ago by CleverPetals
I really hate books that have words that I have never come across and I have to spend as much time looking them up as reading the book. This Is one such book. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jac