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The first novel from the award-winning, bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love
Narrated by Holliday Grainger, star of Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tell it to the Bees and Animals.
Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.
A new relationship couldn't have come at a better time - her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone's moving to the suburbs. There's no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who's caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.
Dolly Alderton's debut novel is funny and tender, filled with whip-smart observations about relationships, family, memory, and how we live now.
Praise for GHOSTS
'I love this book. It is wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal' Elizabeth Day
'I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody' Candice Carty-Williams
'Loved it from start to finish, really laugh out loud: well-written, packed with ideas and observations and so engaging I can't put it down' Philippa Perry
'Such clever writing, wonderfully funny; fab characters and delightful details. Divine' Nina Stibbe
'Grainer...[captures] the brittle humour that masks a real vulnerability and sadness.' Alex Clarke, The Financial Times
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A sharp-eyed debut . . . Tests the boundaries of what used to be called chick-lit
There are sharply skewered set pieces, but also tender observations . . . a promising, deftly written, often entertaining and poignant debut novel
I absolutely adored it. So clever and funny and such a treat. The pages really did turn themselves
A stunning achievement: I was laughing out loud, doing my best a few minutes later not to burst into tears and then angry that it had all come to an end. So moving, so funny, so beautifully written and so poignant. Brilliant
Utter BRILLIANCE. Dolly is such an insightful commentator on love, longing, friendship and emotional landscapes. I absolutely LOVED it!
Dolly Alderton's writing is incredibly intimate, tender, and observant. Ghosts is a fantastic novel about friendship, family, and love
You know a book has hit the spot when you've decided before finishing which friend you're going to pass it to. The writer's skill at dissecting love and relationships translates seamlessly into fiction
This brilliantly observed novel will make you nod, laugh and cry in recognition
Such clever writing, wonderfully funny; fab characters and delightful details. Divine
If you've ever been disappointed by a man it will vindicate every mixed-up emotion you've ever had about it
We asked you to share your reading highlights from this year. Here's what you couldn't put down.
From dramatic affairs to romantic gestures, Dolly Alderton talks us through the lessons in life, and love, she learned from her guests while recording her podcast, Love Stories.