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Ghosts

By: Dolly Alderton
Narrated by: Holliday Grainger
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

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.

©2020 Dolly Alderton (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

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LOVE this book!

A wonderful and engaging story about the modern perils of dating, being a woman and female friendship. Loved every minute of this book and was sad when I had finished it! Highly recommend!

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I could only manage half this story before I lost all compassion for the protagonist . If the aim of book was to demonstrate why some people are single and forever will be, then this is a good book. But I doubt that was the intention. I really ending up disliking Nina. What is there to like about her? That was my overriding thoughts as I plodded on as far as I could. When I looked up the exact meaning of misogyny, I recognized Nina fits the description beautifully. Some have suggested Max is cruel but I think having spent time with Nina he just wanted to run away and hide as quickly as possible. Maybe it all ended happily ever after, I will never know.
I want to thank Audible for giving me a refund.

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How is this Dolly Alderton’s debut fiction?

I swear, it’s as if Dolly has been writing fiction since she left the womb. This story was beautiful. Beautifully told, relatable and thought provoking, and tied together in the final chapter in the most satisfying and lovely way.

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Loved It

I’m a 30 something single pringle, so the themes in this book really resonated with me. Funny and relateable, I really enjoyed this story. Fantastic performance for the audio version. Highly recommended.

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Really related to this book..

Enjoyed it..
Felt a bit too close to home at times..
Very poignant of our time.

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Loved it!

Fabulous narration, thoroughly enjoyed it. Great observations, loved the characters. Funny but also moving. Definitely recommend.

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Thoughtful, funny, witty and at times deeply poignant

A beautiful told, (and narrated) story of a young woman's life. The joy, sadness and difficulties that women face trying to build a life, while also caring for their family and friends.
It's beautifully written and incredibly on point!

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Incredible story

Dolly is just so funny and really writes for single women in their 30’s in this modern age. I laughed out loud multiple times reading this. Everything in this book just hit so close to home. Of course Dollys endings always make you realise you are enough, and have it all without needing a relationship.

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I didn’t want it to end.

I loved this book. The characters, the writing and the performances are all perfection. Dolly is a beautiful writer and her stories lift you up and take you with her. The characters feel so real and it’s also funny! My only wish is that Dolly could write faster so I have to wait as long in between her books.

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Loved it.

Such a great listen! could jump back in really easily and the reader was fantastic. Dolly Alderton is a literary genius

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