STARTER FOR TEN by DAVID NICHOLLS.
1985:First-year student and Kate Bush fan Brian falls for beautiful University Challenge queen Alice Harbinson in a brilliant comedy of love, class, growing up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): All young people worry about things, it's a natural and inevitable part of growing-up, and at the age of sixteen my greatest anxiety in life was that I'd never again achieve anything as good, as pure, or noble, or true, as my O-level results.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 309) "....... Your mum could have sent you down a coal mine, and you'd still come up middle class. It's the things you say, the books you read, that film you just made me sit through, it's the way you go on school trips and spend your money on educational books and postcards instead of fags and arcade games, it's the way you ask for black pepper in the chippy"
KEEP IT OR NOT?: To be returned but I would like a copy for our shelves.
A reading group read, I'm not at all sure that I would have picked this up otherwise as to me there was nothing appealing about it, neither the front cover design nor the back cover blurb 'spoke' to me - huh, it just goes to show how wrong I can be.
Though I didn't find this novel earth-shattering in any way shape or form and I didn't find myself reading until silly o'clock there was something about it that had me reading from getting up until going to bed.
Right from the start I found Starter For Ten a funny read, albeit in a somewhat toe-curling embarrassing kind of way that bordered on mortifying at times.