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The main character of the book is trying to get on his college team to appear on the show.

Starter For Ten was written by David Nicholls in July 19, 2004.

The audio version was released on 3 CD's with a runtime of 3 hours, abridged.

The book's title is the catch phrase from the long running Granada Television series "University Challenge". 

The audio book is read by David Tennant but also features the voice of the show's quizmaster from 1962 to 1987, Bamber Gascoigne.

Synopsis: "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 . . ."


When they made a film of the book in 2006 Mark Gatiss played Bamber!

Sunday Times - August 1, 2004 - Karen Robinson

"When Brian, a callow youth from Southend, sympathetically characterised by Tennant, arrives at university in 1985, he joins the "challenge" team." 

She also picked it as Audio Book of the Week

Independent on Sunday - December 12, 2004 - Sue Gaisford 

"Brian Jackson, antihero of David Nicholl's Starter for Ten. Bright, green and unfortunately corruptible, Brian has one great aim: to make the college team on University Challenge. His triumphant, disastrous journey is edgily read by David Tennant, punctuated by the inimitably urbane voice of The Bamber himself: an audible coup." 

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