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Dolly Alderton

Good Material - A Novel

Good Material - A Novel

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Editorial Reviews

“Like Nora Ephron, with a British twist….Good Material…delivers the most delightful aspects of classic romantic comedy—snappy dialogue, realistic relationship dynamics, humorous meet-cutes and misunderstandings—and leaves behind the clichéd gender roles and traditional marriage plot…..Alderton excels at portraying nonromantic intimate relationships with tenderness and authenticity….Alderton deserves comparisons to rom-com legends like Hornby.” 
The New York Times

“Alderton is one of this generation’s preeminent oracles for love, romance, and heartbreak….[She] exposes the inevitable misfortunes of singledom while never neglecting its inherent beauty….To readers, she’s like an older sister, guiding us through breakups, fights, and first-date mishaps with something like grace.”
—Swarna Gowtham, Elle 

“With distinct notes of Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis and Nick Hornby….Warm and generous….Alderton captures the myopia and obsessiveness that sudden heartbreak can bring, using both satire and compassion….A writer very much in control of her material.”
—Michael Donkor, The Guardian

“Funny and electrically honest….Dolly Alderton is the closest person we have to a modern-day Carrie Bradshaw….[In] Good Material, Alderton expands her reach and uncanny ability to distill the intricacies of being a human alive today with every joke, text conversation, and heartbreaking thought….Alderton dispenses gems of life advice you have to sit back and appreciate.” 
Sam Franzini, Shondaland

“Genuinely laugh-out-loud funnywith characters straight out of a Richard Curtis film (the elderly lodger who’s prepping for doomsday is a highlight)whipsmart dialogue and relatable millennial themes (Alderton’s forte) mean there’s never a dull moment. Despite it being a pleasingly easy read (we tore through it in a single day), Good Material still manages to be thought-provoking and wise.”
The Independent (UK)

“Have you ever wondered what a lost love was thinking? In this ingeniously constructed and endlessly amusing novel, Dolly Alderton flips the script on everything we think we know about romantic loss, to bring us an unforgettable character on a deeply relatable downward spiral. Wise and relatable and pee-your-pants funny. I cried by page 5. Dolly Alderton is, quite simply, the bard of modern-day love.”
—Lena Dunham 

“Dolly Alderton has always been a sparkling Roman candle of talent. She is funny, smart and explosively engaged in the wonders and weirdness of the world.”
 —Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times best-selling author of City of Girls
“Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere, Dolly Alderton’s voice feels like your very favorite friend.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Carrie Soto is Back

“One of the foremost ‘it’ writers of our time . . . Whatever ails you, Alderton can fix it with her intimate wisdom . . . There is no writer quite like Dolly Alderton working today and very soon the world will know it.”
 —Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Three Women

“The male perspective is rarely the focus in romantic comedy, but Dolly Alderton’s new novel corrects the imbalance… Relatable, funny and refreshing.” 
—Elle (UK)

“Like so many twentysomething women, I have turned to Dolly Alderton’s writing for solace… Written from the perspective of someone recently heartbroken, but this time it’s a man… The detail is luscious… Radical.” 
—Annie Lord, The Sunday Times (UK)

“It’s so good. I loved it.”
—Sharon Horgan

“Alderton is excellent at fusing poignant tenderness with wry observations about modern life, and that talent is on full display here.  Good Material is a highly enjoyable exploration of the messy, non-binary nature of many break-ups, and how two people can simply make a terrible couple.”
Stylist Magazine

“Alderton absolutely nails it…beautifully nuanced portrayal of modern love that will have you racing to the last page.”
—Heat Magazine

“[A] book to be devoured, adored, underlined, and passed on (but only to the friends you know will give it back)… Alderton explores friendships beautifully, probing the anxieties around being left behind while other friends reach milestones, and the bittersweet pain of seeing a friend’s career soar while your own is flailing… Good Material showcases Alderton’s knack for rich characterisation and zippy dialogue like never before. It is also not just a shrewd portrayal of lost love, it is genuinely funny—if only more books made you laugh as much as this.”

About the Author

DOLLY ALDERTON is an award-winning author, screenwriter and journalist based in London. She is a columnist for The Sunday Times Style and has also written for GQ, Red, Marie Claire and Grazia. She is the former co-host and co-creator of the podcast The High Low. Her first book, Everything I Know About Love, became a top five Sunday Times best-seller in its first week of publication, won a National Book Award (UK) for Autobiography of the Year and was made into a BBC One TV Series. Ghosts, her first novel, was published in 2021. Dear Dolly, a collection of her agony aunt columns from the Sunday Times Style magazine, was published in 2022 and was also a Sunday Times best-seller.

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