Book review: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
★★★★★
Publisher: Fig Tree – Penguin General
Expected publication: 15 October 2020

2020 hasn’t been an easy year. God, I don’t think it has been easy for anyone! My mood goes up and down and fluctuates when I hear the news of what is happening around the world. However, I’ve been finding pleasure in the little things that surround me.

It’s true that I am a bit behind my reading challenge but I recently had the opportunity to read the upcoming novel by Dolly Alderton. If you’ve read my previous entries. you’d know how much I enjoyed her memoir , Everything I Know About Love, so I was incredibly excited about reading this one. And believe me, it didn’t disappoint!

Ghosts tells us the story of Nina Dean, who has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. So, when she meets Max – who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her – it feels like all is going to plan.

Her new relationship couldn’t have come at a better time, given that some friendships are fading away, her ex-boyfriend Joe is moving on and, even worse, everyone has decided to move to the suburbs. There’s no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who’s caught in a mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing slowly into dementia.


Magnificent. This is what I can say about this novel: it is absolutely magnificent.

I of course enjoyed the way in which Alderton writes, pulling the reader into the story and making them part of Nina’s life. I found myself laughing with Nina and her best friend at some point and really mad at our protagonist on another occasion. I walked the streets of London with her and understood what she was going through.

The chapters went quickly and I found myself looking forward to reading in bed at the end of my day, just to I could see what would happen to Nina and Max. As I mentioned before, I felt close to Nina and I had a hard time when she realised that her dad is slowly leaving her side due to dementia. It was sad, raw and completely real.

The novel explores love relationships, family, memory and the importance of friendship. It was incredibly funny and tender and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I highly recommend this book, honestly. It is like life itself and I liked that it left me with a very rewarding feeling afterwards.

For more information about the book you can check it our on Waterstones and Amazon.

Book Review: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

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Everything I Know About Love
By Dolly Alderton
★★★★
Pub date: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Penguin

I don’t know how I first came across this book, or who mentioned it on Twitter or how I found who Dolly Alderton is but I am so glad I did.

Alderton is an award-winning journalist who has written for numerous publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, GQ, Marie Claire, Red and Grazia. From 2015-2017 she was a dating columnist for The Sunday Times Style. She is co-host of The High Low Show, a weekly pop culture and current affairs podcast, and also writes and directs for television. This is her first book and… who would have thought?

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I enjoy reading non-fiction titles so much (!) but it’s true that it takes me longer time to go through them. I guess fiction is easier to get hooked on. This didn’t happen with Everything I Know About Love, though. Dolly Alderton’s first book is funny (and serious), silly (and smart), sweet (and sour) happy (and sad), and above all, it made me feel whole.

First of all, Alderton can write and what I mean by this is that some of her paragraphs felt so real that I decided to write them down in my own journal. I could relate to her feelings and to so many of her cultural references (internet / MSN messenger / living in a damp flat in London…etc). This is a selling point of the book because, as the chapters go by,  the author’s experiences become your own and she has the power to make you feel exactly what she is feeling: it doesn’t matter if you are from London or Barcelona, if you are 20 or 44, if you are timid or outgoing or if you are a party girl or spend your nights relaxing at home–  We’ve all gone through what Dolly’s explaining in her memoir.

The author has tried it all (really) and, in the book, she vividly recounts falling in and out of love, wresting with self-sabotage, getting drunk, going to therapy, getting dumped, finding a job… – in fact, she recalls what is like to become a grown-up *with all its highs and lows*.
Throughout the chapters, Alderton made me laugh. And she made me cry.
I also started recognising some of her behaviours in myself and understood the importance of loving oneself and this was her best lesson. The author taught me things that I already thought I knew – and it was a great discovery.

‘This is a book about bad dates, funny nights out, messy days, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough’ and I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

If you only read a book next year, you have to make it this one!

You can read more about Dolly Alderton here.
And don’t forget to get your copy here!

 

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher, it was wonderful!