Ghosts: The Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller

Ghosts: The Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller

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  • ISBN: 9780241988688
  • Author: Dolly Alderton
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Pages: 352
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description


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

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.

'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


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

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

There are sharply skewered set pieces, but also tender observations . . . a promising, deftly written, often entertaining and poignant debut novel ― Sunday Times

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 absolutely adored it. So clever and funny and such a treat. The pages really did turn themselves ― Cathy Rentzenbrink

A stunning achievement: I was laughing out loud, doing my best a few minutes later not to burst into tears and then angry that it had all come to an end. So moving, so funny, so beautifully written and so poignant. Brilliant  Stanley Tucci

Utter BRILLIANCE. Dolly is such an insightful commentator on love, longing, friendship and emotional landscapes. I absolutely LOVED it!  Marian Keyes

Dolly Alderton's writing is incredibly intimate, tender, and observant. Ghosts is a fantastic novel about friendship, family, and love  Holliday Grainger

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

I loved it. Had me howling with laughter and recognition!  Bryony Gordon

You know a book has hit the spot when you've decided before finishing which friend you're going to pass it to. The writer's skill at dissecting love and relationships translates seamlessly into fiction  Evening Standard

This brilliantly observed novel will make you nod, laugh and cry in recognition  The Sun

Such clever writing, wonderfully funny; fab characters and delightful details. Divine  Nina Stibbe

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

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

Whip-smart . . . a heartwarming tale of family and friendship  Evening Standard

So brilliantly perceptive, packed with pin-sharp observations on every page. Dolly is such a fantastic writer  Jill Mansell

Witty, tender, big-hearted  Sainsbury’s Magazine

A few years ago, Alderton seamlessly taped into our psyches with her 2018 memoir Everything I Know About Love. Now she's back with that same signature wit and blistering honesty in her debut novel, Ghosts  Cosmopolitan

Alderton masterfully exposes the hideous reality of dating in your 30s and how unfair it can be on women who enter the fray in honesty and hope. Hugely emotionally intelligent and often very funny. I adored it  Daily Mail

A fascinating, perceptive look at what it means to be a thirty-something woman right here, right now . . . Sharply observed, sometimes tender, sometimes tart, Ghosts will resonate with so many women ― Red, The Best Books to Read this October

Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy, you won't want it to end  Heat

Alderton balances heartrending emotion with keen-eyed satire, displaying a flair for metaphor and comic set pieces ― Mail on Sunday

Funny and insightful, it's a brilliant look at the way we can be haunted by doubts, memories and home ― Psychologies

Alderton has a talent for believability, realism and the knack to reach into the pages and pull out the characters onto the sofa next to you. Topical, relevant with a touch of tender humour ― Weekly

As warm-hearted, wise and observant as her bestseller Everything I Know About Love. In this heartfelt, funny and insightful tale, Alderton cleverly explores the way memories, doubts and home can haunt us ― Sunday Express

Alderton explores the ideas of relationships, friendships, love, memory and the way in which we live in a beautifully written and poignantly powerful novel ― GQ

Stuffed full of insights and adroit observations . . . a masterpiece of modern manners. Alderton's life-enriching social anthropology will be the antidote for flagging spirits in the next lockdown' Spectator ― Spectator

This modern love story has lashings of arch humour and gentle wisdom, and slides down as pleasingly as a slice of cake and a nice cuppa ― Spectator

Explores the ideas of relationships, friendships, love, memory and the way in which we live in a beautifully written and poignantly powerful novel ― GQ

If you need a good rom-com escape, Dolly Alderton more than delivers in Ghosts. . . it's darker than Everything I Know About Love - but just as fantastically relatable ― Vogue 12 of the Best Autumn Reads to Curl Up With Now

About the Author

Dolly Alderton is an award-winning author and journalist based in London. She is a columnist for The Sunday Times Style and has also written for GQ, Red, Marie Claire and Grazia. She is the former co-host and co-creator of the weekly pop-culture and current affairs podcast The High Low. Her first book Everything I Know About Love became a top five Sunday Times bestseller in its first week of publication and won a National Book Award (UK) for Autobiography of the Year. Ghosts is her first novel.

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