Ghosts

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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

© Dolly Alderton 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • 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
  • 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 life

    The 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 it

    Taylor Jenkins-Reid
  • A sharp-eyed debut . . . Tests the boundaries of what used to be called chick-lit

    Guardian

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