Book: Starter for Ten by David Nichols
Why I read it: In September I saw a shop with ‘2 for £5’ on books, and this was one of the ones I chose (the other was The Castle by Franz Kafka). I’d been wanting to read something by him, and it seemed a good one just when I was starting uni. And at the beginning of February I finally got round to reading it.
Basic plot: In 1985 a young man from a poor background starts university where he joins the University Challenge team and falls in love with a beautiful rich girl on the team. It’s a bit of a rom-com, but not soppy, and also has a lot about class in it.
Who it’s aimed at: I’d say most young adults/adults really, perhaps especially people who were at uni in the 80s.
Would I recommend it?: I enjoyed this book, and think it’s a good one to read, but at the same time it did make me feel a bit sad. And I’m not sure it would have inspired much optimism for me if I had read it before or just after starting university. So I think it depends on the person, but overall it is a good book.