• Everything I Know About Love

  • By: Dolly Alderton
  • Narrated by: Dolly Alderton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Narrated by Dolly Alderton

The Sunday Times best seller with a new chapter on turning 30.

Winner of Autobiography of the Year at the National Book Awards 2018

A Waterstones Paperback of the Year 2019

A Sunday Times paperback of the year 2019

Selected for Stylist's The Decade's 15 Best Books by Remarkable Women

Award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton survived her 20s (just about) and in Everything I Know About Love, she gives an unflinching account of the bad dates and squalid flat-shares, the heartaches and humiliations and most importantly, the unbreakable female friendships that helped her to hold it all together. Glittering with wit, heart and humour, this is an audiobook to press into the hands of every woman who has ever been there or is about to find themselves taking that first step towards the rest of their lives.

©2018 Dolly Alderton (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"There is no writer quite like Dolly Alderton working today and very soon the world will know it." (Lisa Taddeo, author Three Women)

"The book we will thrust into our friends' hands. Alderton feels like a best friend and your older sister all rolled into one and her pages wrap around you like a warm hug." (Evening Standard

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

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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.

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Excellent, light hearted and fun!

Really enjoyed this book, it was entertaining, vulnerable, funny and well written. This is the definitive voice of every single 30-something. 😎

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good weekend listen

We're the same age with completely different lives so it was really interesting. lots of gems throughout the book and love the final chapters.

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Perfect.

Beautiful and hilarious from start to finish! I cried with laughter and sadness and general nostalgia. It felt good to relate to the experiences in this book. Every 20-something should read it!

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Made me laugh and cry

A lovely write up of the millennial 20 something female experience. Dolly tackles all kinds of love and highlights the good and bad side of each of them. It made me laugh and cry - but most of all it gave me an appreciation of the love that I have in my life. 100% worth the read!

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  • Ade B
  • 08-22-18

Not for everyone

I didn't finish this book, while I like the delivery and had some "me too" moments, I feel that overall this will resonate with someone of the same demographic as Dolly. FYI - I am a black woman in her twenties.

I didn't hate it... but I found myself a little lost in some of her experiences.

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  • Jacqui
  • 02-23-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-18

Self indulgent but relatable

Easy listen but pretty average. Like half listening to a friend gossip about tinder dates

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  • Juliet
  • 02-24-18

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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  • Alexandra (Audible Editor)
  • 02-27-18

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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  • Mrs Emily Button-Lynham
  • 02-26-18

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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  • Sophie
  • 02-25-18

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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  • Abigail Cotton
  • 01-31-18

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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  • R. S. Inwood
  • 03-06-18

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?
Her tales of friendship were the most profound for me, her best friend Farley's tragic loss of her sister was deeply moving.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-28-18

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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  • Ashleigh
  • 11-30-21

not for me

I found it hard to relate to this book as an autistic and introverted lesbian. Some universal themes were of course relatable, but it's for hetero women who drink wine and have a lifelong best friend. If that's you, great! But it left me feeling more empty and alone than empowered. I also didn't like the recipes and skits between chapters.

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  • Kate
  • 01-30-19

Everything I Love About this Book

I decided to start this book club read with knowing as little as possible and letting myself being swept into Dolly’s story of her life and the evolution of her idea of love. Like life, I found some parts funny, heart-warming, disturbing, sad but ultimately beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed Dolly’s reflection on how she has perceived love over the last 28 years, and how all forms of love (romantic, friendship and self) have all changed with her experiences and self-worth.

The narration of her own story was brilliant and truly cast a more personal connection on the read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-22

I laughed, cried and recognized!

Absolutely beautiful story of love, friendship, loss, growing up and everything in between. I literally laughed til I cried, cried with sadness, and loved every second. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-22

A phenomenal read. Dolly Alderton is my guru!

Dolly has a magical way of describing situations to the reader. I found much of the book relatable with the author explaining many of my own personal experiences back to me. Absolutely loved Dolly reading her own story too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

A read for all women in their 20s!

Easy to listen to and insightful analysis on what love is in your 20s.
I will listen to it again and again

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  • Liv
  • 07-17-22

loved the story

it gave me a lot of memories from my time in London and life with friends and growing up. It's the type or story that will either resonate with you or not. I absolutely loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-22

AMAZING FROM START TO END

Can not fault this amazing book! Dolly has such a way with words and capturing something so relatable to us all. Made me feel so normal about all the anxieties I have in life and questions I ask myself. Will definitely listen again when I need a good laugh and cry

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-22

Bloody good read

Really funny and celebrates female friendship. Dolly has some awesome mates that I wish were in my girl gang. Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-22

Absolutely loved it

A must read for everyone. Dolly’s narration was beautiful too, really loved this! Highly recommend

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  • Cassandra Matwijow
  • 01-31-22

Brilliant!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dollys tale about her life so far and understanding the true love story of her life… Farley.