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His Starter for Ten was one of Richard and Judy’s chosen titles and was the most enormous fun. This follows in the same vein with a young man making the best of life’s knocks ….. eventually.

Similar this month: John O’Farrell.
Comparison: Mike Gayle, Nick Hornby.

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The Understudy by David Nicholls

For Josh Harper, being in show-business means everything he ever wanted - money, fame, a beautiful wife, a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C. McQueen, on the other hand, it means a disastrous career playing passers-by and dead people. He’s stuck with an unfortunate name, a hopeless agent, a daughter he barely knows, and a job as understudy to Josh Harper, the 12th Sexiest Man in the World. And things get even more difficult when Stephen falls in love with Josh's clever, funny wife Nora. But might there yet be a way for Stephen to get his Big Break? The Understudy is a scintillating comedy of ambition, celebrity, jealousy and love.


A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible. * Daily Mail * I adored The Understudy . It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written. * New Woman * An entertaining follow-up to Nicholls
brilliant debut

. * Heat * Sharply funny...wonderfully chaotic. * The Times *

About the Author

David Nicholls

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, as well as a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for film and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards.

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). His third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication.

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21st September 2006


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Hodder & Stoughton General Division


416 pages


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