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The Complete Guide to Gatecrashing: Freeload Your Way to a More Galmorous Social Life

Nicholas Allan is well-known for two things; firstly for the being the wonderfully funny author of such children's bestsellers as The Queen's Knickers. Secondly, for being able to gatecrash even the most exclusive of parties. It's a skill that has brought him into contact with the great, the good and the greedy—from Mick Jagger to Princess Anne. It's allowed him to drink Tattinger champagne at the Savoy, nibble Caviar canapes in private members clubs, and swap stories with Captains of Industry. The secret is all in the technique.


Witty, subversive and a fantastic gift, Nicholas' essential handbook is your passport to a more glamorous way of life.

Serialised in The Mirror

Nicholas Allan has turned the previously clumsy, ill-mannered practice of crashing into a gentle art form. He never spends dull nights in front of the television; instead he eats fine food and drinks fine wines and never pays a penny.

The Independent

Want a more glamorous social life? This might be just what you need. According to Allan – already a best-selling children’s author – simply overhearing a conversation in a loo can lead to an evening of Moet and Madonna.

The Daily Express

Improve your social life no end with this witty little handbook, packed with tips on how to spend your evenings sipping the finest champagne and nibbling caviar in the company of Mick Jagger and Hugh Grant – for free. Allan reveals all you need to know.

19 Magazine

Nicholas Allan won the Guardian’s Award for Gatecrasher of the Year.

The First Time
The First Time
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In addition to children's books, Allan also published a young adult novel, The First Time, in which he charts Jake's struggles with adolescence.


A lonely boy who has just moved to a new school, Jake is determined to master the rites of passage that he perceives will initiate his adolescence, including experimentation with sexual experiences, drugs, and alcohol.


Although this book deals with Jake's sexual insecurities in explicit detail, drawing some criticism from reviewers, a critic for Junior Bookshelf noted that the work is a "skilful portrayal of how it feels to be growing up."

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