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Ghosts By Dolly Alderton

Ghosts‘Ghosts’ is the debut novel by Dolly Alderton.

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.

‘Ghosts’ is Dolly’s debut novel even though she’s already published a book called ‘Everything I Know About Love’ and has a regular newspaper column.

‘Ghosts’ is seen through the narrative of Nina, who like many other females in the world is adapting to life as a singleton as everyone is pairing up around her. Her career as a food writer is going from strength from strength and just as her relationship with Max starts to develop, he disappears, ghosting her. Her father is battling dementia and disappears into his own world but already remembers Nina as his ‘Bean’.

This book is a powerful story and one that many will wholeheartedly relate to. The surprise and disappointment of online dating, finding the one only for them to let you know and to be judged on your status in life, married, children and if not, why not?

I loved Nina, I loved her independence and passion and how she was always there for others, no matter how they treated or disregarded her. I adored her best friend Lola, who was looking for happy ever after and was determined to find it, no matter how long she stayed on WhatsApp.

I loved the dynamics of the female relationships, how women behaved differently towards single women as if they were preying on their husbands and genuinely found this to be true of real life. I found the scene with Nina’s parents to be hard hitting as her mother dealt with her husband’s dementia by engaging now with friends to escape the pain, whilst Nina struggled with seeing her father become a different person. These scenes are hard hitting and emotional in parts and did make for quite tender reading.

Beautifully written and sadly relatable, ‘Ghosts’ is a poignant and bittersweet story about getting old, looking for love and finding your place in life. Filled with humour, cynicism and nostalgia for what has been, this book brought back all kinds of feelings and was truly a masterpiece of a read.

You can buy ‘Ghosts’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Everything I Know About Love By Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know About Love‘Everything I Know About Love’ is the debut book by Dolly Alderton and also been shortlisted for Waterstones, Book of the Year.

Dolly Alderton was a former Sunday times dating columnist and in her debut book, she embarks on a thirty year journey exploring the various relationships she’s been in over the years and how they have shaped her into the woman that she has become.

Through memoirs, diary entries and random emails, this collection of stories are wittily and poignantly written that makes for bittersweet and sad reading in parts. Dolly explores the complexities of relationships, not only with the opposite sex but with friends through the years.

On this journey, we encounter feelings of betrayal and jealousy when friends fall in love and leave others behind, a situation that we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives. The tragic story of losing friends to illness, which is a particularly heartbreaking chapter as well as the hilarious dramas of online dating.

This book is a story of self discovery and self worth and for Dolly, it was all about putting herself before relationships and for me that’s admirable, especially in today’s society where there is such pressure put on our status in life.

Also having recently seen Dolly in conversation about this book, she is a warm and witty woman who offers inspirational advice to women who are struggling with relationships.

An honest account of life and relationships with plenty of humour throughout, ‘All I Know About Love’ is most certainly an insightful book that offers advice to people who are at a turning point in their lives.

You can buy Everything I Know About Love from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.