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Publisher Comments:

<P>The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his first term at university. The usual freshman anxiety over fitting in is compounded by the gap between his own humble origins and the privileged backgrounds of his better-off classmates.</P><P>Brian also has a dark secret&mdash;a long-held, burning ambition (stoked by his late father) to appear on the wildly popular TV quiz show University Challenge&mdash;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 more, 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&mdash;but as his world opens up, Brian learns that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.</P><P>Reminiscent of such classic coming-of-age works as <I>The Graduate</I> and <I>Goodbye, Columbus, A Question of Attraction</I> marks the literary debut of David Nicholls, one of England's most highly praised television writers. It is an unforgettable story of love, class, finding one's place in the world, and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.</P><HR><P>"I feel for <I> A Question of Attraction</I> as I do the pick 'n' mix counter at Woolworth's: nostalgic, giddy, happy, sick, and then devastated when there is none left. I could not put this book down. I love it. Literally."<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ALAN CUMMING, AUTHOR OF <I> TOMMY'S TALE</I></P><P>"What a delight. Every five minutes I was shouting 'ha ha ha' and reading out great swathes of hilarious narrative to whoever was in the room. David Nicholls is enormously talented, he has an exquisite eye for detail, humour and the ridiculous and

Review:

"This entertaining first novel by an English television writer tells the story of Brian Jackson, an unworldly but affable college freshman whose main ambition in life is to compete on the BBC quiz show University Challengematch bring the novel to a rather unlikely conclusion, but readers will root for hapless, engaging Brian as he struggles his way out of adolescence. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Entering the university on a full scholarship in the mid 1980s, a young middle-class Englishman harbors a secret ambition to appear on a popular television quiz show with the school's team, an endeavor that, once attained, is challenged by his growing feelings for a posh teammate. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his ?rst term at university. The usual freshman anxiety over ?tting in is compounded by the gap between his own humble origins and the privileged backgrounds of his better-off classmates.

Brian also has a dark secret—a long-held, burning ambition (stoked by his late father) to appear on the wildly popular TV quiz show University Challenge—and now, ?nally, 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 ?rst televised match. (And, what’s more, 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.

Reminiscent of such classic coming-of-age works as The Graduate and Goodbye, Columbus, A Question of Attraction marks the literary debut of David Nicholls, one of England’s most highly praised television writers. It is an unforgettable story of love, class, ?nding one’s place in the world, and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

DAVID NICHOLLS' teleplay credits include Cold Feet, I Saw You, and Rescue Me, which he also created. He also cowrote the ?lm Simpatico. A Question of Attraction is his ?rst novel. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588363718
Publisher:
Villard Books
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Author:
Nicholls, David
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Fiction-Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Fiction-Humorous
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
Fiction : Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Education
Subject:
College students
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Quiz shows
Subject:
England
Subject:
College stories.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2003
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
338

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Product details 338 pages Villard Books - English 9781588363718 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This entertaining first novel by an English television writer tells the story of Brian Jackson, an unworldly but affable college freshman whose main ambition in life is to compete on the BBC quiz show University Challengematch bring the novel to a rather unlikely conclusion, but readers will root for hapless, engaging Brian as he struggles his way out of adolescence. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Entering the university on a full scholarship in the mid 1980s, a young middle-class Englishman harbors a secret ambition to appear on a popular television quiz show with the school's team, an endeavor that, once attained, is challenged by his growing feelings for a posh teammate. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his ?rst term at university. The usual freshman anxiety over ?tting in is compounded by the gap between his own humble origins and the privileged backgrounds of his better-off classmates.

Brian also has a dark secret—a long-held, burning ambition (stoked by his late father) to appear on the wildly popular TV quiz show University Challenge—and now, ?nally, 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 ?rst televised match. (And, what’s more, 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.

Reminiscent of such classic coming-of-age works as The Graduate and Goodbye, Columbus, A Question of Attraction marks the literary debut of David Nicholls, one of England’s most highly praised television writers. It is an unforgettable story of love, class, ?nding one’s place in the world, and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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