What i know about love
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly AldertonA spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking 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 youve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Its a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.
Glittering, with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Aldertons 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.
Everything I Know About Love
Dolly Alderton , 30, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Last month it was shortlisted for Waterstones book of the year and won the National Book Awards prize for best autobiography. Alderton started her career as a columnist at askmen. From to she wrote a dating column for the Sunday Times Style magazine, where she has recently returned as a columnist. So surprised. You write about trying to rely less on external validation, so how have you handled so much of it? I wrote a terrible first draft in my mids.
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And here is a book from her predecessor, Dolly Alderton, which is nothing short rather like the 6ft-tall Dolly of breathtakingly beautiful ditto. Virtue-signalling is one of the most irritating cultural tics of our time, and an exceptionally high proportion of young female writers go in for it. This book is almost shockingly intimate; the autobiographical writing is so rich, so affecting that without a little leavening it might be necessary to lay it aside every ten minutes in order to maintain some kind of equanimity. Her account of her coke-sniffing days is so on the nose it made me wince in recognition. Writing about friendship, she shines most of all: In over fifteen years, I have never gone more than a few hours without thinking about her… Without the love of Farly, I am just a heap of frayed and half-finished thought; of blood and muscle and skin and bone and unachievable dreams… my mess only takes on a proper shape with that familiar and favourite piece of my life standing next to me. Alderton is an old soul — not just because of her appreciation for Gene Kelly and Paul Simon but because she has learned life lessons while not yet out of her twenties that many of us post-menopausal matrons are still struggling with. Sign up.