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  • Dear Dolly

  • On Love, Life and Friendship
  • Written by: Dolly Alderton
  • Narrated by: Dolly Alderton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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Dear Dolly

Written by: Dolly Alderton
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Publisher's Summary

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'What I learnt from sharing my most private pain with a semi-professional problem-solver was that the mere act of asking for help was, in itself, healing. It was as if I had crept down to the docks under cover of darkness and floated a message out in a bottle, imagining how it might be received. By writing it, I was acknowledging that someone might care about me; that they'd be able to say the right thing without knowing me. Because I was feeling something that other people had felt and therefore I wasn't, as I suspected, the loneliest and strangest woman in the world'

Since early 2020, Dolly Alderton has been sharing her wisdom, warmth and wit with the countless people who have written in to her Dear Dolly agony aunt column in The Sunday Times Style. Their questions range from the painfully—and sometimes hilariously—relatable to the occasionally bizarre. They include breakups and body issues, families, friendships, dating, divorce, the pleasures and pitfalls of social media, sex, loneliness, longing, love and everything in between.

Without judgement, and with deep empathy informed by her own, much-chronicled adventures in love, friendship and dating, Dolly leads us by the hand through the various labyrinths of life, proving that a problem shared is truly a problem halved.

©2022 Dolly Alderton (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Alderton is Nora Ephron for the millennial generation." (Elizabeth Day)

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  • stanley
  • 03-12-22

Loved it

Feel like I'm using Dolly as my personal life coach. My only wish is that "Dear Dolly" was longer.

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  • Federica
  • 05-11-22

Dear Sugar but millennial and British

I just love Dolly Alderton, and this book is so genuine and never banale. I love that it’s narrated by her, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it in the same way if it wasn’t.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

Lovely book

Loved listening to this! Fun, sincere and entertaining. Extremely well written and hearing Dolly reading the book adds extra charm to it.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 28-10-22

I inhaled this!

I hung onto every word of dolly’s. Advice so measured and insightful. Wonderfully written and can apply so much of it to different chapters of life.

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  • Amanda
  • 02-02-23

Loved it!

Loved it! Couldn't put it down. I have listened to this and 'All I know about love' by Dolly and recommend them both. Can't wait to read another one of her books.

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  • MISS
  • 25-01-23

Love Dolly

Always like listening to Dolly. It’s basically problem pages as a book and I think it worked well :)

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  • Ida Pottin Aduwa
  • 24-01-23

Wonderful listen

Easy listen with a great perspective. Really refreshing way of looking at agonies and real relationships / circumstances. Loved Dolly’s wonderfully open approach and practical advice.

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  • Kate
  • 16-01-23

A must for Dolly fans

Dollys writing is the kind that makes me laugh embarrassingly loudly in public places

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-23

Excellent narration

Really enjoyed this, finished listening within 2 days. Dolly’s narration is very engaging & entertaining, really bringing this book to life. Oh and I loved the content too!

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  • MORAG MILLIGAN
  • 10-01-23

Morag

Yet another brilliant book by Dolly , going to give to my twenty somethings daughter and niece

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  • Natalie Ross
  • 05-01-23

Eloquently read and written

I feel like I am a better person for reading this, Thoughtful, considered and delivered with humour.

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  • Claire
  • 22-12-22

Dolly’s writing is funny, smart and lovely

I’m still mourning the highlow, so getting to hear Dolly’s voice again alone was a joy. I love her wisdom and writing style, and she delivered it so perfectly here in audio.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-22

Brilliant

A lovely listen. Such a brilliant collection of work and great to dip in and out of.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-23

Thoroughly life affirming

Just gorgeous, so many helpful thoughts and words of wisdom for common dilemmas. Thanks Dolly ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-22

Dolly does it again!

Dolly takes her big sisterly role to another level as an agony aunt in ‘Dear Dolly’. This book allows the reader to connect to both the original writer of the question and Dolly herself as she answers various questions on exes, friends, family, and all things body and soul. It made me realise I’ve never had an original thought, and that I’m not alone in feeling the way of the original contributor, but that Dolly seemingly was able to answer every question in the most succint way without casting judgement or placing blame. Her words were reassuring and kind, and sometimes the harsh truth, but always true and inspiring. We all need a Dolly Alderton in our lives - my only complaint about this book is that it wasnt longer!

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  • Karri Pledger
  • 12-12-22

Incredibly funny & relatable

Another piece that is shocking relatable, incredibly funny and naturally well written by Dolly. Every scenario had a degree of relatability and the advice was more unbiased than I would have expected.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-22

Wonderful as always

Another great listen from Dolly, full of inspiring advice and wisdom to all ages. Recommend.