Dolly Alderton author


Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Published:22nd Jul '21


Available for immediate dispatch.

Ghosts cover


'Utter BRILLIANCE . . . I absolutely LOVED it!' Marian Keyes, bestselling author of GROWN UPS

'I loved it' Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of QUEENIE

Everything gets easier in your thirties, right?

Though she has plenty to celebrate - successful career, new home, loving friends and family - for Nina Dean, her thirties have not exactly been the liberating experience she was sold. From fading friendships to exes popping the question, everyone is moving on (or worse, to the suburbs). And as her dad slowly loses his memories, her mum seems dead set on making new ones.

Then she meets Max, who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her. But what seems like an exciting new development will ensure this year is Nina's strangest yet . . .


'A book so relatable you'll give yourself neck ache nodding in recognition' Grazia

'Funny, sharply observed, poignant' Matt Haig, bestselling author of THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY

'Aldertonmasterfully exposes the hideous reality of dating in your 30s . . . I adored it' Daily Mail

'Like having one of those glorious girls night in, where you drink till the early hours - laughing, venting, and feeling warm and seen' Holly Bourne, author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?

'Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy' Heat

'Dolly is such a fantastic writer' Jill Mansell, author of AND NOW YOU'RE BACK

'The perfect no-holds-barred modern day rom-com' Stylist

Witty, touching without ever being sentimental, hugely enjoyable -- David Nicholls
It's incredibly moving. The idea of believing in everything and nothing in the same moment. The female friendships were beautifully drawn -- Billie Piper
Ghosts is wonderful. Funny, sharply observed, poignant, and full of truths about life and love and friendship. * Matt Haig *
This debut novel is a tender, effervescent and deliciously well-observed guide to the complexities of thirty-something life -- Jane Shilling * The Daily Mail *
Ghosts is an absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere, Dolly Alderton's voice feels like your very favourite friend. I devoured it -- Taylor Jenkins-Reid
A sharp-eyed debut . . . Tests the boundaries of what used to be called chick-lit * Guardian *
There are sharply skewered set pieces, but also tender observations . . . a promising, deftly written, often entertaining and poignant debut novel * Sunday Times *
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 *
I absolutely adored it. So clever and funny and such a treat. The pages really did turn themselves * Cathy Rentzenbrink *
A stunning achievement: I was laughing out loud, doing my best a few minutes later not to burst into tears and then angry that it had all come to an end. So moving, so funny, so beautifully written and so poignant. Brilliant * Stanley Tucci *
Utter BRILLIANCE. Dolly is such an insightful commentator on love, longing, friendship and emotional landscapes. I absolutely LOVED it! * Marian Keyes *
Dolly Alderton's writing is incredibly intimate, tender, and observant. Ghosts is a fantastic novel about friendship, family, and love * Holliday Grainger *
I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody * Candice Carty-Williams *
This is a lovely, funny, modern comedy of manners. It's shrewd and sharp -- Russell T Davies * Instagram *
I love this book. It is wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Alderton's gift is always to give the mundane its beautiful due and in Ghosts, she manages to write a compulsively readable novel. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal * Elizabeth Day *
I loved it. Had me howling with laughter and recognition! * Bryony Gordon *
You know a book has hit the spot when you've decided before finishing which friend you're going to pass it to. The writer's skill at dissecting love and relationships translates seamlessly into fiction * Evening Standard *
This brilliantly observed novel will make you nod, laugh and cry in recognition * The Sun *
Such clever writing, wonderfully funny; fab characters and delightful details. Divine * Nina Stibbe *
If you've ever been disappointed by a man it will vindicate every mixed-up emotion you've ever had about it * Laura Jane Williams *
Hilariously cutting, but also sad and insightful. Reading Dolly's writing is like having one of those glorious girls night in, where you drink till the early hours - laughing, venting, and feeling warm and seen * Holly Bourne *
Whip-smart . . . a heartwarming tale of family and friendship * Evening Standard *
So brilliantly perceptive, packed with pin-sharp observations on every page. Dolly is such a fantastic writer * Jill Mansell *
Witty, tender, big-hearted * Sainsbury’s Magazine *
A few years ago, Alderton seamlessly taped into our psyches with her 2018 memoir Everything I Know About Love. Now she's back with that same signature wit and blistering honesty in her debut novel, Ghosts * Cosmopolitan *
Alderton masterfully exposes the hideous reality of dating in your 30s and how unfair it can be on women who enter the fray in honesty and hope. Hugely emotionally intelligent and often very funny. I adored it * Daily Mail *
A fascinating, perceptive look at what it means to be a thirty-something woman right here, right now . . . Sharply observed, sometimes tender, sometimes tart, Ghosts will resonate with so many women * Red, The Best Books to Read this October *
Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy, you won't want it to end * Heat *
Alderton balances heartrending emotion with keen-eyed satire, displaying a flair for metaphor and comic set pieces * Mail on Sunday *
Funny and insightful, it's a brilliant look at the way we can be haunted by doubts, memories and home * Psychologies *
Alderton has a talent for believability, realism and the knack to reach into the pages and pull out the characters onto the sofa next to you. Topical, relevant with a touch of tender humour * Weekly *
As warm-hearted, wise and observant as her bestseller Everything I Know About Love. In this heartfelt, funny and insightful tale, Alderton cleverly explores the way memories, doubts and home can haunt us * Sunday Express *
Alderton explores the ideas of relationships, friendships, love, memory and the way in which we live in a beautifully written and poignantly powerful novel * GQ *
Stuffed full of insights and adroit observations . . . a masterpiece of modern manners. Alderton's life-enriching social anthropology will be the antidote for flagging spirits in the next lockdown' Spectator * Spectator *
Achingly relatable. A darkly funny-melancholic novel about the rich variety of relationships in our lives - and the importance of showing up for them * i *
This modern love story has lashings of arch humour and gentle wisdom, and slides down as pleasingly as a slice of cake and a nice cuppa * Spectator *
Explores the ideas of relationships, friendships, love, memory and the way in which we live in a beautifully written and poignantly powerful novel * GQ *
If you need a good rom-com escape, Dolly Alderton more than delivers in Ghosts. . . it's darker than Everything I Know About Love - but just as fantastically relatable * Vogue 12 of the Best Autumn Reads to Curl Up With Now *

ISBN: 9780241988688

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 21mm

Weight: 248g

352 pages