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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.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE
‘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
Hilariously cutting, but also sad and insightful. Reading Dolly's writing is 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 * If you've ever been disappointed by a man it will vindicate every mixed-up emotion you've ever had about it * Laura Jane Williams * So brilliantly perceptive, packed with pin-sharp observations on every page. Dolly is such a fantastic writer * Jill Mansell * I loved it. Had me howling with laughter and recognition! * Bryony Gordon * Utter BRILLIANCE. Dolly is such an insightful commentator on love, longing, friendship and emotional landscapes. I absolutely LOVED it! * Marian Keyes * Such clever writing, wonderfully funny; fab characters and delightful details. Divine * Nina Stibbe * Dolly Alderton's writing is incredibly intimate, tender, and observant. Ghosts is a fantastic novel about friendship, family, and love * Holliday Grainger * I absolutely adored it. So clever and funny and such a treat. The pages really did turn themselves * Cathy Rentzenbrink * 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 * I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody * Candice Carty-Williams * I love this book. It is wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Alderton's gift is always to give the mundane its beautiful due and in Ghosts, she manages to write a compulsively readable novel. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal * Elizabeth Day *
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