I m aware that the transition into adulthood is a difficult and sometimes painful one I m familiar with the conventions of the rites of passage I know what the literary term bildungsroman means I
"I'm aware that the transition into adulthood is a difficult and sometimes painful one. I'm familiar with the conventions of the rites of passage, I know what the literary term bildungsroman means, I realise that it's inevitable that I'll look back at things that happened in my youth and give a wry, knowing smile. But surely there's no reason why I should be embarrassed and ashamed about things that happened thirty seconds ago? No reason why life should just be this endless rolling panorama of bodged friendships, fumbled opportunities, fatuous conversations, wasted days, idiotic remarks and ill-judged unfunny jokes that just lie on the floor in front of me, flipping about like dying fish?"Starter For Ten is the first novel by British author, David Nicholls. Almost-nineteen-year-old Brian Jackson is starting University. He sees "reading English" as the opportunity to become independent of his widowed mother, meet girls, make new friends, and, who knows, maybe appear on University Challenge (something his Dad would have been thrilled about). He hopes his recently-purchased clothing, his professed hobbies and his conversation will make him seem cool, but knows he is at a disadvantage: "It's not that I'm anti-fashion, it's just that all of the major youth movements I've lived through so far, none have really fitted. At the end of the day, the harsh reality is that if you're a fan of Kate Bush, Charles Dickens, Scrabble, David Attenborough and University "Challenge, then there's not much out there for you in terms of a youth movement." and "When I say I'm interested in badminton what I really mean is that if someone held a gun to my head and forced me, on pain of death, to play one sport, and they were refusing to accept Scrabble as a sport, then that sport would be badminton."His room in his share house will be familiar to many who experienced University during this era: "The room has the appeal and ambience of a murder scene; a single mattress on a metal frame, a matching plywood wardrobe and desk, and two small wood-effect Formica shelves. The carpets are mud-brown and seem to have been woven from compacted pubic hair. A dirty window above the desk looks out onto the dustbins below, whilst a framed sign warns that using Blu-Tack on the walls is punishable by death". Soon after he meets the beautiful Alice Harbinson, also trying out for the University Challenge team, everything he says and does is designed to impress her. He eventually manages to ask her out on a date: "...I check my wallet for the condom that I always carry with me in case of a miracle. This particular condom ....has been in my wallet for so long now that it's stuck to the lining, and the foil wrapper has started to tarnish round the outline of the condom., like some grotesque brass rubbing. Still, I like to carry it with me, in the same way some people carry a St Christopher's medal, despite the fact that I have about as much chance of using the thing tonight as I have of carrying the infant Jesus across a river"Even in his first novel, Nicholls demonstrates his expertise in capturing the era (fashion, popular music, TV programs, ) and in portraying the awkward, hopeful but hopelessly inept protagonist. Readers will wince at Brian's faux pas, cringe at his attempts to impress the girl and laugh out loud at his misfortunes and his self-deprecation, all the while nodding in agreement with his (perhaps naive) reasoning or groaning at his less intelligent decisions. Each chapter is prefaced with a University Challenge question that is loosely related to that chapter.Nicholls evokes the mood with skill: "The four days in between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve are surely the longest and nastiest in the year- a sort of bloated, bastard Sunday. August Bank Holiday's the worst, though. I fully expect to die at about two-thirty in the afternoon on an August Bank Holiday. Terminal ennui". His descriptive prose is wonderfully original: Giggling, she prods me in the chest with the whisky bottle, and I realise she's very drunk; not gloomy drunk or surly drunk, but frisky drunk, playful drunk, which is a good sign, I suppose, but still a little strange and unsettling, like seeing Stalin on a skateboard". He can be succinct and wise: "'Independence' is the luxury of all those people who are too confident, and busy, and popular, and attractive to be just plain old 'lonely'". Laugh-out-loud funny, this entertaining novel is a brilliant debut.Good Starter for Ten Creat David Nicholls go inside Books 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 roundThe 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 , 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.. David Nicholls is a British author, screenwriter, and actor A student of Toynbee Comprehensive school and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, he Graduated from the University of Bristol having studied English Literature and Drama.After graduation, he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, before returning to London in 1991 and finally earning an Equity card He worked sporadically as an actor for the next eight years, eventually earning a three year stint at the Royal National Theatre, followed by a job at BBC Radio Drama as a script reader researcher This led to script editing jobs at London Weekend Television and Tiger Aspect Productions.During this period, he began to write, developing an adaptation of Sam Shepard s stage play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus, an old friend from University He also wrote his first original script, a situation comedy about frustrated waiters, Waiting, which was later optioned by the BBC.Simpatico was turned into a feature film in 1999, and this allowed David to start writing full time He has been twice nominated for BAFTA awards and his first novel, Starter for Ten was featured on the first Richard and Judy Book Club.. Bestseller Ebook Starter for Ten This was a First-Reads win, so I desperately wanted to like this book. It's a coming-of-age story about an awkward, nerdy main character. In fact, this character is like many a person I've known during my own coming-of-age period in my life. Unfortunately, unlike the many similar people I've known and liked and befriended, Brian Jackson lacks any redeeming quality that makes me, the reader, want to root for him. The first forty pages of the book had me slightly interested in learning what would happen to Brian, the earnest kid with friends back home and a mother living alone, when he goes off to school by himself. I expected a story of growth, of adventure, of mishaps and character clashes. Instead, what I got was a completely off-putting story about a guy who imagines he falls head over heels in love with a girl (whose only attractive quality is that she is luminously beautiful). In the course of pursuing this girl, Brian throws everything away - his friends, his family, his own integrity - and the reader never learns who the real Brian is, or what he could amount to. In fact, I felt that I hated the main character more and more with each chapter. Normally, I'd put the book down after reaching mid-way point but... I felt I owed it to the Goodreads community to at least read it once through. I was relieved when the book was over. It was, to say the least, a disappointing experience. I'm truly sorry I didn't enjoy the book more and am not able to give a more positive review, but I figure the point of First-Reads is to provide a body of honest, reliable feedback. So... there it is.
Starter for Nov , Directed by Tom Vaughan from an agile screenplay by David Nicholls, Starter for Ten is the best movie John Hughes would have made if he was English and set his comedies in college instead of high school Though predictable and erratically paced, there s a real suggestion of university life in it And McAvoy s creation wrings true emotion. Starter for film Starter for Rotten Tomatoes Feb , Starter For is a spirited coming of age tale that remains charming and witty even as it veers into darker teritory The unique setting of a Starter for Ten A Novel Nicholls, David The plot of the Starter for Ten the name under which I bought this, I guess it s the movie title rather than the original title of Nicholls novel is year old Brian Jackson, off to university, adventures ensuing. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls Starter For Ten is a brilliant read however the main character is a bit of an oddball Brian Jackson is a lanky and rather geeky boy that is unbelievably socially inept. Watch Starter For Prime Video Starter For . h min X Ray PG HBO HD A brilliant young man heads to college bent on leading his school on a TV quiz show, only to get caught up in personal entanglements.