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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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The audiobook of Ghosts, Dolly Alderton’s moving debut novel, confirms two things. One: that Alderton—writer, journalist, podcaster—is as brilliant a novelist as she is everything else. And two: that the actor Holliday Grainger should really narrate more audiobooks. Here, in her first solo narration, Grainger perfectly captures Ghosts’ central character Nina George Dean—a 32-year-old food writer attempting to navigate adult life in London—as well as all the highs and lows she experiences along the way. As for those titular ghosts: there’s the boyfriend who disappears on her without warning, the father she’s slowly losing to dementia and the childhood best friend she’s increasingly unable to find common ground with. Told with all the wry, witty observations on modern life you’d expect from Alderton, this is a story of female friendship, family, love and working out your 30s on your own terms. We adored listening to every minute.
Excellent book, can’t wait to read more of this book.
It looks a honist book when I read the preview.
Dream weekend read
Brilliant story every 30+ will have experienced
One of the best audio books I have ever listened to.