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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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Witty, touching without ever being sentimental, hugely enjoyableDavid Nicholls
It’s incredibly moving. The idea of believing in everything and nothing in the same moment. The female friendships were beautifully drawnBillie Piper
Ghosts is wonderful. Funny, sharply observed, poignant, and full of truths about life and love and friendship.Matt Haig
This debut novel is a tender, effervescent and deliciously well-observed guide to the complexities of thirty-something lifeThe Daily Mail
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 itTaylor Jenkins-Reid
A sharp-eyed debut . . . Tests the boundaries of what used to be called chick-litGuardian
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