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' Stylist
'Wise, funny, tender and true, sharply-observed and utterly hilarious. Dolly Alderton's talent is phenomenal' Elizabeth Day
'Smart, caustically witty and achingly sad' Sunday Mirror
'A fascinating, perceptive look at what it means to be a thirty-something woman . . . Ghosts will resonate with so many women' Red, The Best Books to Read this October
- Publisher: Penguin UK
- ISBN: 9780241988688
- Format: Paperback
199 mm x 130 mm