Ghosts - Dolly Alderton

Image copied from Dolly Alderton's Twitter feed...that's her hand and her living room (not mine!)

Review by Michelle Gimblett

'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 (author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones & the Six) said the above about this book, and I couldn't agree more.  This is the sort of novel I can imagine reading cover to cover on a train, plane or beach holiday.  It's gripping, funny, romantic, sad and hopeful all at once.

Ghosts follows Nina Dean, a thirty something London local food writer as she finds and is 'ghosted' by love.  Her friendships are evolving and having bought and moved into her first home ever, she is dismayed to discover her neighbour is truly horrid.  To top it all off her father is declining fast with undiagnosed dementia and her mother seems to be too busy with her friends to care. With clever twists and brilliant characters (I especially loved nutty, dating app obsessed Lola and smug - yet miserable - new Mum Katherine) I genuinely couldn't put this book down.  I'm off to read Alderton's other titles - seems I'm as big a fan as Taylor Jenkins Reid is.

Dolly Alderton
Published July 2021, Penguin

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