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Everything I Know About Love

Narrated by: Dolly Alderton
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The Sunday Times top five best seller

Winner of Autobiography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards and shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year

Now containing a new chapter on Everything I Know At Thirty.

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything I Know About Love written and read by Dolly Alderton. 

A Spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way.

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It's a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton's powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age - while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

©2018 Dolly Alderton (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Everything I Love About this Book

I decided to start this book club read with knowing as little as possible and letting myself being swept into Dolly’s story of her life and the evolution of her idea of love. Like life, I found some parts funny, heart-warming, disturbing, sad but ultimately beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed Dolly’s reflection on how she has perceived love over the last 28 years, and how all forms of love (romantic, friendship and self) have all changed with her experiences and self-worth.

The narration of her own story was brilliant and truly cast a more personal connection on the read.

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A must-have for 25-35 year old women

I finished this audiobook quicker than I listen to most. It is very relatable for women in the 25-35 age bracket (right from our painful introduction to speaking to boys through MSN messenger). Dolly Alderton's voice soothing and her accent is so pleasant, she reads at a beautiful pace. I think this is a must-read (or must-listen) for any woman in that aforementioned age bracket. The sentiment - there is no rush, it all gets good... there's just some important things you should acknowledge along the way.

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Honest and Refreshing!

This audiobook was such a pleasure to listen to, like settling down with a glass of wine and chatting with an old friend about everything under the sun. Dolly Alderton is a treasure!

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Perfect.

Dolly this book is a warm hug.
It might be the book I read every year for the rest of my life.
This taught me more about myself than I thought it would and haas taken a weight off the shoulders of my imagined future and present anxieties.

Thankyou! I will recommend to every person I meet.

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A joy to listen to

Heart warming, relatable, honest... Dolly speaks to everyone who has survived their 20's, the ups and the downs, and really highlights the magic of friendship throughout all our individual romantic adventures. Loved this listen, especially as it's read by her.

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Fine, some very funny parts but keen for it to end

Struggled to finish. Some very funny parts, however felt it went on a little longer than needed.

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Love it

A great performance by the author; tboroughly enjoyed listening to it. Intense, vivid, hilarious and thought provoking.

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  • 22-04-2019

Loved it

Loved it, found the whole thing so relateable. Dolly is amazing. Hilarious and moving all at the same time

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Lovely!

A raw, real and movingly honest account of love, looking for love and ultimately finding yourself.

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Perfect

God I love the Dolly - she is the perfect combination of laugh out loud funny, passionate, whimsically romantic and completely relatable. Loved, loved LOVED this book.

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  • Clair
  • 01-04-2018

Heartwarmingly familiar

Words can’t express how much I loved this book. I felt myself slink back into my memories for not too dissimilar stories, and finding solace in Dolly’s beautifully writer words. From laughter, to cringing I loved every single chapter of this.

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  • Ade B
  • 22-08-2018

Not for everyone

I didn't finish this book, while I like the delivery and had some "me too" moments, I feel that overall this will resonate with someone of the same demographic as Dolly. FYI - I am a black woman in her twenties.

I didn't hate it... but I found myself a little lost in some of her experiences.

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  • Jacqui
  • 23-02-2018

Wow

I LOVED this book.

I really can’t get away with how much I can relate to Dolly’s life. I am so thankful for her writing. I, also 29, can completely identify with the thoughts and emotions expressed in this book, in particular the chapters which
involve issues related to overwhelming anxiety, low self esteem that leads to consistent alcohol misuse something I can directly relate to my own experiences of which came to a head and seen me attend my first AA meeting in my 25th year. At a time in my life now where I understand my past unhealthy relationship with alcohol wasn’t related to addiction but to my mental health and my lack of self love or belief...it is so refreshing to hear a woman the same age go through such similar feelings and come out the other side.

I laughed out loud and cheered at Dolly’s sharp baby shower/wedding/every occasion ever that single women are alienated from. THANK YOU!

I listened to this on audiobook over the course of about 5 days, it kept me company on the commute and even caused me to miss my stop one day from being so engrossed in the story.

Spectacular

Thank you for letting us into your life Dolly

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2018

Self indulgent but relatable

Easy listen but pretty average. Like half listening to a friend gossip about tinder dates

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  • Juliet
  • 24-02-2018

Listened in a day

This book is really super and being a teen in the same years was hilarious being reminded of my years glued to the computer screen taking to strangers! I really love the way Dolly can cover both really superficial and more real life sadder topics so authenticly. Would love more books Dolly! X

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  • Alexandra (Audible Editor)
  • 27-02-2018

Thank you, Dolly

It’s no easy thing to talk in searingly honest detail about all the relationships you’ve had, romantic or otherwise, with even your closest friends let alone publish an entire book chronicling them for all the world to listen to. But that’s exactly what makes Dolly’s book so incredibly refreshing and just very brave. Books on dating and ‘how to be single’ aren’t exactly few and far between but how many of them are willing to readily admit, for example, the time when they modified their personality just to make a relationship work? So it’s fair to say that Everything I Know About Love doesn’t exactly conform to the stereotype of dating/self-help/relationship books because the author’s not one to be stereotyped herself. And, if there’s one thing you take away from listening to Dolly’s highs and lows, it’s that it’s really your friendships that you need to keep hold of, keep sight of and keep working at.

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  • Mrs Emily Button-Lynham
  • 26-02-2018

Heartfelt

Heartfelt and beautifully written and narrated. Dolly pulls you into her world and attaches you to the characters in it

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  • Sophie
  • 25-02-2018

Beautiful

I enjoyed this book so much. Dolly writes so beautiful and she expressed so many of the things I’ve felt so precisely. She also reads it so nicely and it felt so personal. I can’t wait to listen to it again.

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  • Abigail Cotton
  • 31-01-2018

Beautiful

I'm only 18 so can't relate to everything in this book, but it feels like a warm hug from a friend's older sister, not least because of Dolly's wonderful voice. A beautiful book that has got me through many stressy sleepless nights. I'm not surprised though, it seems like everything Dolly touches turns to gold. Would 100% recommend to anyone, especially if you're feeling a bit lost or unsure about the world. Love love love it.

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  • R. S. Inwood
  • 06-03-2018

Moving and Honest

Where does Everything I Know About Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Everything I Know About Love?
Her tales of friendship were the most profound for me, her best friend Farley's tragic loss of her sister was deeply moving.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2018

Wow

I couldn't stop listening to this book. It had everything I would want in a book. Had me laughing and crying in equal measures and the honesty of the author had me enthralled from the beginning to the end.

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