From the author of the massive international bestseller One Day and the new Man Booker Prize-longlisted Us, a wonderfully funny novel about love, life and growing up.
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?
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A bit like a good friend
An engrossing tale of teenage love and confusion which I really enjoyed. I know that because I looked forward to picking the book up every chance I got to read a few pages and was quite sad when I had finished.
Many Adrian Mole type touches of farce but none the worse for it, well worth the read.
Absolutely brilliant book. I listened to the audio version which completely immersed me in the protagonist's mind, highly recommend!
A real winner!
I found this a thoroughly entertaining read - few books actually make me laugh but this did. Maybe it's because I was a student in the 70's and it just rang so true - the context brought back so many happy, and funny, memories of what life was like. The film does not do this book justice. It's well written, and totally believable for a light read...I bought the paperback, can't believe its free here!