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Recently divorced actor Stephen C. McQueen (no relation, unfortunately) seems to have a knack for bad luck. But a failed marriage, a stalled career, a judgmental ex-wife, a distant daughter, a horrid little studio apartment in the far reaches of the London suburbs-all these pathetic elements seem to pale in the chiseled face of his newest tormentor: the Twelfth Sexiest Man in the World, Josh Harper.

Josh is the star of Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know, a biographical play about Lord Byron-and Stephen is his understudy. Not only is Josh fantastically, infuriatingly good-looking, internationally renowned, and remarkably talented, hes also frustratingly healthy. No matter how many all-night booze-and-coke benders Josh goes on, he always shows up at the stage door for his call like clockwork. Stephen doubts hell ever get his chance to slip on the puffy shirt and tight breeches of Byron and tread the boards in the role that would certainly be the break hes always waited for.

And just when Stephens sure he couldnt resent Josh more, he meets Joshs witty, restless American wife, Nora . . . and discovers he likes her a little too much. Another man might curse his luck at finding that his potential dream woman is a rivals wife, but at this point, Stephen would expect nothing else. Caught between his stirring feelings for Nora, the demands of an insistent and secretive Josh, and his lifelong desire for a real career in show business, Stephen must make a terrible decision: Will it be the girl or the fame?

A hapless, bumbling bloke in love, an arrogant megastar with a potpourri of addictions, a sexy married woman out of her element in the fast lane-David Nicholls brings them all together in this knockout romantic comedy.

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David Nicholls is the author of A Question of Attraction, which has been optioned for the screen by Tom Hankss Playtone Productions. He is also a successful television screenwriter whose credits include the third series of Cold Feet (seen on Bravo in the United States), as well as I Saw You and Rescue Me, both of which he also created. He co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Sam Shepards Simpatico, which starred Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte, and Albert Finney. He lives in London.

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Sappho, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Sappho)
Now that ONE DAY has been made into a movie, readers should take a look at other David Nicholls novels as well, beginning with this goofy, quasi-romantic story of a failing actor in London. Stephen McQueen (no, not the famous one!) is in his early 30's and has tried to make a go of acting his entire adult life. His wife has left him and remarried, taking his beloved small daughter, and currently his only roles are in educational videos and as the understudy to new Young Hollywood Brit sensation Josh Harper. But when he is invited to a party at Josh's house, things begin to happen . . . Okay, mostly bad things, but very funny ones too.

If you have read ONE DAY, you'll recognize the dry wit and very low-key romantic tension in THE UNDERSTUDY. Stephen is pleasantly hapless, and the grim underbelly of professional theatre is skewered appropriately. But he's a likable fellow, he meets a likable woman, and events proceed amusingly. It's hard to find funny novels that aren't either too extreme or simply ridiculous. THE UNDERSTUDY manages nicely to be neither, and to satisfy the reader's desire for a strongly plotted, plausible story. Give it a read!
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Nicholls, David
Villard Books
Motion picture actors and actresses
Love stories
Humorous fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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