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'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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As the award-winning author of one of the most beloved memoirs of recent times (Everything I Know About Love) and co-host of a hugely popular podcast (The High Low), Dolly Alderton has already firmly established herself as a voice of the millennial generation. Her debut novel, Ghosts, will only solidify that status. In this touching novel that bears shades of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn, our narrator is Nina Dean, a 32-year-old food writer living in London. Her ghosts? Max, the charming man she met on a dating app and who, just as she falls for him, disappears without warning; her beloved father whose brilliant, inspiring mind is rapidly being lost to dementia; and her best friend Katherine—the connection they’ve shared ever since they were young fading out as their lives begin to diverge. Just as you’d expect from Alderton, Ghosts is a novel crammed with biting wit and sharp social observations about everything from modern relationships to female friendship and family dynamics. All of which makes Ghosts a painfully, hilariously relatable read. But more than that, this is a heartwarming, hopeful story of coming to terms with change and forging your own way through adulthood.
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A must read!
I couldn’t put this down and read it in one day. A beautiful story which I could scarily relate to which made me laugh and cry in equal amounts. You will not regret buying this book.