'A totally brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are...the best weird love story since THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE. Every reader will fall in love with it. And every writer will wish they had written it.' -- Tony Parsons 20090129 'The funniest, loveliest book I've read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life: I lived every page.' -- Jenny Colgan 20081202 'The ultimate zeitgeist love story for anyone who ever wanted someone they couldn't have' -- Adele Parks 20090219 'A comic genius' -- Maria Beaumont on David Nicholls 20050211 'Brilliant... we would recommend it to anyone' -- Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan on STARTER FOR TEN 20050211 'I laughed a lot' -- Jeremy Paxman on STARTER FOR TEN 20050211 'Funniest book of the year' -- Marie Claire on THE UNDERSTUDY 20060101 'Moving, wickedly observed, warm, uplifting and above all blindingly funny, STARTER FOR TEN hits the spot time after time. Read this book' -- Jack on STARTER FOR TEN 20060101 'A zippy comedy with laugh-out-loud lines, grounded on a solid plot and first-rate dialogue...irresistible' -- Daily Mail on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050408 'Darkly funny and oddly romantic.' -- More on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050501 'An unusual mix of cynicism and romance - no slush, just lots of laughs!' -- Company on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050505 'Bitterly funny' -- Observer on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050508 'I adored THE UNDERSTUDY. It's a fantastic comedy ... delightfully written.' -- New Woman on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050401 'A funky, less-fluffy-than-funny rom com.' -- Metro on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050414 'Deeply funny, with brilliant dialogue.' -- Good Housekeeping on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050401 'Sweet and funny.' -- Eve on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050505 Book of the Month -- Red on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050501 'Highly enjoyable ... both knowing and charming.' -- Mirror Ticket on THE UNDERSTUDY 20050325 'Perfection! Made me laugh, cry and marvel over Nicholls' brilliantly crafted novel' -- Canberra Times 20090630 'Superb...from the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN' -- Manly Daily 20090630 'Bitter-sweet' -- Herald Sun, Australia 20090630 'I found it totally gripping. The characters are complex, the locations familiar. I don't want to give away the ending but everyone who reads it agrees how powerful it is.' -- Ed Miliband The New Statesman 20090630
HE is Dexter Mayhew, tall dark and (she can't deny it) handsome, largely naked and somehow in her single bed in her tiny room on the very last day of four years of education. SHE is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, willfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. And very, very surprised to find herself kissing Dexter Mayhew. A simple one night stand, at the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that -- despite an unlikely beginning -- men and women really can be just good friends?