Debut Novel Promises Cautionary and Comedic Tales of Fresher Life for First Year Uni Students

Set in a time when cassette players were the height of cool and the only contact home was a red phonebox at the end of the street, First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom’ is your comprehensive fresher’s guide to all things university, with a healthy dose of romantic comedy to satisfy all reading audiences. Andy Dale’s debut novel is a hilarious tale of life and love in your first year of uni, with an injection of that British dry wit that any student will need to get through that exciting year of being a fresher.

UCAS revealed this week that more students than ever before have already accepted places at top universities across the country, ready for their September start dates. This makes the coming-of-age tale of a regular nineteen-year-old boy undergoing the trials and tribulations of his first year in the highest level of education especially relevant for the UK’s student population.

Andy Dale, first-time author of the novel, says, “I wanted to create a novel that would appeal to students heading to uni for the first time in 2013, and their parents who probably were at the height of their education in 1986. We all remember the perils and pitfalls of student life, and my novel combines tales of hi-jinks and hilarity with a healthy dose of ‘will-they-won’t they’ romance that everyone who has been to uni will be able to relate to.”

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan has just left home to start his first year of teacher training at Derbyshire College of Higher Education. He lives in a traditional shared house full of lads, all of which are instantly recognisable characters from everyone’s uni experience. From the posh boy from Kent to a northern lad with anger issues, Jonathan must learn to juggle attending his lectures with pranks from his housemates, and seven-legged pub crawls with his final examinations. Then there is this pretty blonde girl from Rochdale…

First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom’ has already sold over 3,000 copies, many in the modern day E-book form for the young and others in the traditional paperback for the not so young. Described as The Young Ones meets High Fidelity, First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom is a traditional coming-of-age tale that will act as a cautionary but enjoyable read for freshers heading off for their first year, and an older audience who want to kick back with a tale that will transport them back to their youth.

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