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Join Dolly Alderton, award-winning, bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love, journalist, and podcaster, for a frank and funny evening to celebrate the paperback publication of her debut novel Ghosts.

In conversation for this exclusive event, Dolly will explore the themes of the novel – love and memory, ageing and identity, friendship and dating – and share whip-smart observations about relationships, family, memory, and how we live now.

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.

With readings from the author herself, and your chance to ask Dolly your own questions, this is a night not to be missed.

Every in-the-room ticket includes a copy of the Waterstones exclusive paperback edition of Ghosts, which contains an extra essay and Q&A.

‘Witty, touching without ever being sentimental, hugely enjoyable’ David Nicholls

‘It's incredibly moving. The idea of believing in everything and nothing in the same moment. The female friendships were beautifully drawn’ Billie Piper

‘I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody’ Candice Carty-Williams

For those who are unable to attend  the live show, this event will also be LIVE streamed from The London Palladium. Worldwide viewing is available and the stream will be available for one week on demand after the initial broadcast, so you can watch at anytime if the initial broadcast time doesn't suit your timezone.

  • Ghosts

  • THE 2020 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'A poignant, funny tale of early-thirties love and loss'
    Sunday Times
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    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.
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    '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

    'Wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal' Elizabeth Day

    'Smart, caustically witty and achingly sad' Sunday Mirror

    '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

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