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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.

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  • THE TOP 10 BESTSELLER EVERYONE IS READING THIS SUMMER

    'Utter BRILLIANCE . . . I absolutely LOVED it!' Marian Keyes, bestselling author of GROWN UPS

    'I loved it' Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of QUEENIE
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    Everything gets easier in your thirties, right?

    Though she has plenty to celebrate - successful career, new home, loving friends and family - for Nina Dean, her thirties have not exactly been the liberating experience she was sold. From fading friendships to exes popping the question, everyone is moving on (or worse, to the suburbs). And as her dad slowly loses his memories, her mum seems dead set on making new ones.

    Then she meets Max, who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her. But what seems like an exciting new development will ensure this year is Nina's strangest yet . . .
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    'A book so relatable you'll give yourself neck ache nodding in recognition' Grazia

    'Funny, sharply observed, poignant' Matt Haig, bestselling author of THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY

    'Alderton masterfully exposes the hideous reality of dating in your 30s . . . I adored it' Daily Mail

    'Like having one of those glorious girls night in, where you drink till the early hours - laughing, venting, and feeling warm and seen' Holly Bourne, author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?

    'Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy' Heat

    'Dolly is such a fantastic writer' Jill Mansell, author of AND NOW YOU'RE BACK

    'The perfect no-holds-barred modern day rom-com' Stylist

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