THE 2020 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'A poignant, funny tale of early-thirties love and loss'
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.
'The perfect no-holds-barred modern day rom-com'
'I loved it - Dolly Alderton has clearly mastered every form of writing. Which is a surprise to nobody' Candice Carty-Williams
'Wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal'
'Smart, caustically witty and achingly sad'
'A fascinating, perceptive look at what it means to be a thirty-something woman . . . Ghosts will resonate with so many women'
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'Achingly relatable . . . darkly funny'
'Really laugh out loud . . . so engaging I can't put it down'
'I loved it. Had me howling with laughter and recognition!'
'Dolly sums up life in your thirties with such wit, warmth and accuracy, you won't want it to end' Heat
'A book so relatable you'll give yourself neck ache nodding in recognition'