Author and podcaster Dolly Alderton is best known for openly sharing her relationship and dating experiences, in a warm and relatable way. It's (one of the reasons) why her 2018 book Everything I Know About Love was so successful - so many straight, millennial, white women saw their lives reflected back at them in Dolly's stories. She also regularly shared anecdotes of her love life on her podcast The High Low and delved even deeper into some of these topics in Love Stories. And she made her name in her 20s as a dating columnist for The Sunday Times.
Her new book Ghosts, however, isn't like her other work. Instead of sharing personal experiences like she did in EIKAL, this time she's written a work of fiction. And in a new interview with BBC, she's explained why she no longer writes about her own relationships.
As well as saying she put all her "good stories" into EIKAL, Dolly said, "I just don't want to write about my personal life anymore, I have neither the inclination nor the strength to do that. Not to say that I regret doing that. I'm really glad I did that for that period of my life. But any desire to do that has completely left me now."
She added that she feels she has grown out of writing about her relationships and personal life. "It takes its toll on you. Living in a way that means that you are constantly looking, in your day-to-day life and in your relationships and your friendships, to find material that will then be immediately put on the page, black and white, presented to the world as who you are and how you live, for that then to be digested, commented on and analysed. That is one hell of a life choice."
For fans of her writing, this isn't particularly bad news. The plot of Ghosts will likely be very relatable to basically anyone who has ever used a dating app. The novel centres on a woman who is - you guessed it - ghosted.
Ghosts is out now.
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