Dimensions: 384 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × in
Published: June 16, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1400061814
ISBN - 13: 9781400061815
About the Book
A brilliant romantic comedy, set in England in the 1980s, is about a young man discovering the world and himself during his first year at university.
Read from the Book
1 QUESTION: Stepson to Robert Dudley and onetime favorite of Elizabeth I, which nobleman led a poorly planned and unsuccessful revolt against the queen, and was subsequently executed in 1601? ANSWER: Essex. All young people worry about things, it’s a natural and inevitable part of growing up, and at the age of sixteen my greatest anxiety in life was that I’d never again achieve anything as good, or pure, or noble, or true, as my O-level exam results. I didn’t make a big deal about them at the time, of course; I didn’t frame the certificates or anything weird like that, and I won’t go into the actual grades here, because then it just gets competitive, but I definitely liked having them: qualifications. Sixteen years old, and the first time I’d ever felt qualified for anything. Of course, all that was a long, long time ago. I’m eighteen now, and I like to think I’m a lot wiser and cooler about these things. So my A-levels are, comparatively, no big deal. Besides, the notion that you can somehow quantify intelligence by some ridiculous, antiquated system of written examinations is obviously specious. Having said that, they were Langley Street Comprehensive School’s best A-level results of 1985, the best for fifteen years in fact, three As and a B, that’s nineteen points—there, I’ve said it now—but I really, honestly don’t believe that’s particularly relevant, I just mention them in passing.
From the Publisher
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
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
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
"I feel for A Question of Attraction 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."
-Alan Cumming, author of Tommy's Tale
-Mil Millington, author of Things My Girlfriend and I Have
"A Question of Attraction is the funniest book I''ve read in years
and I am now awash with gratitude that I will never again have to
be eighteen, and that my university days are well and truly over."
-Emily Barr, author of Backpack and Baggage
"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 he deserves
every ounce of the huge success he will undoubtedly have with this
pleasure of a book."
-Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It and Behaving Like
"Absolutely fabulous. And so painfully reminiscent: God, it whipped
me right back. That''s exactly what it was like for me. Brilliantly
-Jenny Colgan, author of Talking to Addison and