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'A poignant, funny tale of early-thirties love and loss' Sunday Times
'Utter BRILLIANCE. Dolly is such an insightful commentator on love, longing, friendship and emotional landscapes. I absolutely LOVED it!' Marian Keyes
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.
'The perfect no-holds-barred modern day rom-com' Stylist
'I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody' Candice Carty-Williams
'Witty, touching without ever being sentimental, hugely enjoyable' David Nicholls
'Wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal' Elizabeth Day
'A fascinating, perceptive look at what it means to be a thirty-something woman . . . Ghosts will resonate with so many women' Red, The Best Books to Read this October
'Achingly relatable . . . darkly funny' i
'Really laugh out loud . . . so engaging I can't put it down' Philippa Perry
'I loved it. Had me howling with laughter and recognition!' Bryony Gordon
'Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy, you won't want it to end' Heat
'A book so relatable you'll give yourself neck ache nodding in recognition' Grazia
Witty, touching without ever being sentimental, hugely enjoyable
It's incredibly moving. The idea of believing in everything and nothing in the same moment. The female friendships were beautifully drawn
Ghosts is wonderful. Funny, sharply observed, poignant, and full of truths about life and love and friendship.
Ghosts is an absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere, Dolly Alderton's voice feels like your very favourite friend. I devoured it
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
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
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!
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.