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The Understudy: A Novel

by David Nicholls

Random House Publishing Group | January 30, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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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, he's 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 he'll 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 he's always waited for.

And just when Stephen's sure he couldn't resent Josh more, he meets Josh's 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 rival's 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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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.15 × 2.03 × 0.29 in

Published: January 30, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812971418

ISBN - 13: 9780812971415

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The Understudy: A Novel

by David Nicholls

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.15 × 2.03 × 0.29 in

Published: January 30, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812971418

ISBN - 13: 9780812971415

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Act One H Waiting to Go On —That’s not real life, lad. That’s just pretending. —But “real life” is how well you pretend, isn’t it? You. Me. Everybody in the world . . . Jack RosenthalReady When You Are, Mr. McGill Sunset Boulevard H Summers and Snow ep.3 draft 4 CHIEF INSPECTOR GARRETT (CONT.) . . . or I’ll have you back directing traffic faster than you can say disciplinary action. INSPECTOR SUMMERS But he’s just toying with us, sir, like a cat with a— CHIEF INSPECTOR GARRETT I repeat— Don’t. Make It. Personal. I want a result, and I want it yesterday, or you’re off this case, Summers. (SNOW goes to speak) I mean it. Now get out of here—the both of you. INT. MORTUARY. DAY BOB “BONES” THOMPSON, the forensic pathologist, sickly complexion, ghoulish sense of humor, stands over the seminaked body of a YOUNG MAN, early thirties, his bloated body lying cold and dead on the mortuary slab, in the early stages of decomposition—CONSTABLE SNOW is clutching a handkerchief to her mouth. INSPECTOR SUMMERS So—fill me in, Thompson. How long d’you think he’s been dead for? THOMPSON Hard to say. From the stink on him, I think it’s fair to say he’s not the freshest fish on the slab . . . INSPECTOR SUMMERS (not smiling) Clock’s ticking, Bones . . . THOMPSON Okay, well, judging from the decay, the bloating and the skin discoloration, I’d say . . . heR
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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, he's 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 he'll 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 he's always waited for.

And just when Stephen's sure he couldn't resent Josh more, he meets Josh's 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 rival's 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David Nicholls is the author of A Question of Attraction, which has been optioned for the screen by Tom Hanks's 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 Shepard's Simpatico, which starred Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte, and Albert Finney. He lives in London.


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