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The Understudy by David Nicholls
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Nov 20, 2011

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An entertaining and zippy read with scenes that make you wince with you're-not-going-to-do-what-I-think-you're-going-to-do, hand slapping forehead moments.

Stephen C. McQueen is an understudy to the prince of theatre and the king of charm, Josh Harper. Stephen is portrayed as a middle-aged loser in life: divorced, out of shape, living alone in a dingy London flat with milk chilling on the windowsill, a failed actor, unless playing a dead thing or a masked door-opener counts and in love with somebody else's wife, all aiding his need to take to drink and make a tit of himself... However, he has a wonderful seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who is the voice of reason, wisdom and encouragement.

The Understudy is brilliantly apt for readers who know any irritatingly ego and fashion obsessed dramas and Orlando Bloom/Keira Knightly wannabes!

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