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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything I Know About Love, written and read by Dolly Alderton. A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heartbreaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way.

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out.

It's an audiobook about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - recognising that you and you alone are enough. Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton's powerful debut weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age - while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I Know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

Alias Grace quote reproduced with permission of Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London on behalf of Margaret Atwood Copyright © O W Toad 1996.

©2018 Dolly Alderton (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Wow

I LOVED this book.

I really can’t get away with how much I can relate to Dolly’s life. I am so thankful for her writing. I, also 29, can completely identify with the thoughts and emotions expressed in this book, in particular the chapters which
involve issues related to overwhelming anxiety, low self esteem that leads to consistent alcohol misuse something I can directly relate to my own experiences of which came to a head and seen me attend my first AA meeting in my 25th year. At a time in my life now where I understand my past unhealthy relationship with alcohol wasn’t related to addiction but to my mental health and my lack of self love or belief...it is so refreshing to hear a woman the same age go through such similar feelings and come out the other side.

I laughed out loud and cheered at Dolly’s sharp baby shower/wedding/every occasion ever that single women are alienated from. THANK YOU!

I listened to this on audiobook over the course of about 5 days, it kept me company on the commute and even caused me to miss my stop one day from being so engrossed in the story.

Spectacular

Thank you for letting us into your life Dolly

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Thank you, Dolly

It’s no easy thing to talk in searingly honest detail about all the relationships you’ve had, romantic or otherwise, with even your closest friends let alone publish an entire book chronicling them for all the world to listen to. But that’s exactly what makes Dolly’s book so incredibly refreshing and just very brave. Books on dating and ‘how to be single’ aren’t exactly few and far between but how many of them are willing to readily admit, for example, the time when they modified their personality just to make a relationship work? So it’s fair to say that Everything I Know About Love doesn’t exactly conform to the stereotype of dating/self-help/relationship books because the author’s not one to be stereotyped herself. And, if there’s one thing you take away from listening to Dolly’s highs and lows, it’s that it’s really your friendships that you need to keep hold of, keep sight of and keep working at.

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Listened in a day

This book is really super and being a teen in the same years was hilarious being reminded of my years glued to the computer screen taking to strangers! I really love the way Dolly can cover both really superficial and more real life sadder topics so authenticly. Would love more books Dolly! X

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Beautiful

I'm only 18 so can't relate to everything in this book, but it feels like a warm hug from a friend's older sister, not least because of Dolly's wonderful voice. A beautiful book that has got me through many stressy sleepless nights. I'm not surprised though, it seems like everything Dolly touches turns to gold. Would 100% recommend to anyone, especially if you're feeling a bit lost or unsure about the world. Love love love it.

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Heartfelt

Heartfelt and beautifully written and narrated. Dolly pulls you into her world and attaches you to the characters in it

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Beautiful

I enjoyed this book so much. Dolly writes so beautiful and she expressed so many of the things I’ve felt so precisely. She also reads it so nicely and it felt so personal. I can’t wait to listen to it again.

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Moving and Honest

Where does Everything I Know About Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Everything I Know About Love?

Perhaps her tales of friendship were the most profound, her best friend Farley's tragic loss of her sister. Deeply moving.

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Wow

I couldn't stop listening to this book. It had everything I would want in a book. Had me laughing and crying in equal measures and the honesty of the author had me enthralled from the beginning to the end.

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You are me!!! 😍

Dolly writes so purely about all the issues I have ever felt in life! Incredible and freeing.

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Utter sh*t- why does everyone rate this so highly?

What would have made Everything I Know About Love better?

I know it's an auto-biography, but it would be better if this book was not so utterly self-absorbed. I was left speechless at times when I couldn't believe I was listening to a narrative so vacuous and narcissistic. I would call the book one massive 'Humblebrag' if I didn't think Dolly was genuinely so deluded in thinking she's actually ever been through any life-lesson worthy experiences. My summary of the book is: everything-going-pretty-fine-but-I-will-just-write-a-book-about-it. Reeks of first world problems and rich girl white privilege. At one point she used being on £30k a year as a demonstration of how she had humble finances, the poor thing. I had a massive eye roll at this. Almost as much as I did for the 'I took a £200 cab ride as a university student wow I really am loco' story. I am writing this feedback so no one wastes money/credit on a book that they could be spending on better things SUCH AS the also-currently ranked Best Selling 'Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race'. I am not trying to be faux-intellectual and pretentious, not everything has to be serious and tackling big issues and I love a bit of light hearted chick-flick writing as much as the next gal, but I mean COME ON, I lost brain cells listening to such NON-PROBLEMS. I am actually angry that this is a 'Best Seller'. There is NOTHING TO IT. Empty, empty, empty. What Dolly 'learnt about love' is something banal like friends are who really matter zzZZ, aka her failing to recognise and address the unhealthy control she wants to have around her friends (the concluding part of the book where she details her friend's engagement falling apart is very creepily culminated in her describing how her friend promised to 'never forget about her for a boy again' and she essentially 'forgave her' with no comment on her own over-bearing contributions to the friendship was honestly very weird). I know I seem like an uptight b***h who needs to chill but really, a book can be light-hearted and even 'pointless' without being so utterly, utterly empty. Plus the writing is bad? It had ONE JOB?

Would you ever listen to anything by Dolly Alderton again?

No. Never.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dolly Alderton?

No.

Any additional comments?

We as a society need to analyse how we put London It Girls like Dolly or Pandora Sykes etc etc etc on pedestals without contributing much substance to this world. We created this book. I created it by even buying it.

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Heartwarmingly familiar

Words can’t express how much I loved this book. I felt myself slink back into my memories for not too dissimilar stories, and finding solace in Dolly’s beautifully writer words. From laughter, to cringing I loved every single chapter of this.