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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