Good Material

Dolly Alderton

Good Material
Penguin Books Ltd
United Kingdom
7 November 2023

Good Material

Dolly Alderton

Every relationship has one beginning. This one has two endings.

Andy loves Jen. Jen loved Andy. And he can't work out why she stopped.

Now he is. . . 1. Without a home 2. Waiting for his stand-up career to take off 3. Wondering why everyone else around him seems to have grown up while he wasn't looking

Set adrift on the sea of heartbreak at a time when everything he thought he knew about women, and flat-sharing, and his friendships has transformed beyond recognition, Andy clings to the idea of solving the puzzle of their broken relationship. Because if he can find the answer to that, then maybe Jen can find her way back to him.

Andy still has a lot to learn, not least his ex-girlfriend's side of the story.

From the bestselling author of Ghosts and Everything I Know About Love - a sharply funny, beautifully observed and exquisitely relatable story of heartbreak and friendship, and how to survive both.


Dolly Alderton has done it again. Whether you’re a regular fan, or this is your first experience of a Dolly Alderton book, you won’t be disappointed.

In Good Material, we follow 35-year-old Andy, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, Jen. He’s the only single one out of all of his friends, he’s a struggling comedian, and he can’t afford to live by himself. Now, he’s navigating being single again and adjusting to a life without Jen.

I loved this fresh perspective on love and partnerships. Andy is incredibly relatable and I found his inner monologue to be humorous throughout. It was a refreshing point of difference to read from a male point of view written by this author. I found all of the characters memorable, including Andy’s best friend, Avi. The ending was also an interesting surprise, and definitely added something different to my experience of the story.

I really enjoyed my time with this novel, and I highly recommend it!

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