Starter for Ten: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
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“Utterly charming . . . a big-hearted, flawless coming-of-age tale, as scary and funny as your yearbook picture.”
People (****/Critic’s Choice)

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.

“Fresh, edgy and very funny . . . [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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User Review  - A_Reader_of_Fictions - LibraryThing

My expectations were not particularly high, nor was I thrilled to be reading this. Why? Well, I acquired a copy of One Day from a used bookstore and read it a while back, because I was really excited ... Read full review

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User Review  - Milda-TX - LibraryThing

(The book's title refers to a Jeopardy-like college-bowl game show.) The main character of this coming-of-age story is a painfully geeky 18-year-old entering his first year at college. His narration is so clever and silly, I had to giggle out loud. Sweet book, and easy to read. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
20
Section 4
26
Section 5
33
Section 6
40
Section 7
46
Section 8
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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Section 46
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About the author (2008)

David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. He is the author of the novels A Question of Attraction, Starter for Ten, and The Understudy. Nicholls has also written many screenplays for film and television, including the feature film adaptation of Starter for Ten. He lives in London.

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