The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his first term at university. He has a dark secret—a long-held, burning ambition to appear on the wildly popular British TV quiz show University Challenge—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—but as his world opens up, Brian learns that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
This is the first novel I have read by David Nicholls and I was pleasantly surprised as I did not think I was going to enjoy this novel as much as I did.
I feel like every reader will be able to relate to the character of Brian Jackson, everybody has been a dreamer at some point in their lives and had ambitions that they are never going to achieve. I also admired the way David wrote the secondary characters into the novel. They only appeared occasionally throughout the novel, but were given such strong personalities and opinions that I felt like they where present within the novel the whole way through.
I do not think I have laughed so much when reading a book in a very long time. I have many people staring at me when I found myself laughing while reading this book on the train. This is a light-hearted read, that will instantly lift your mood.
Overall a very enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more novels by David Nicholls.