Good Material

Good Material

Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 09/11/2023
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Dolly is Amazing!
I am a long-time fan of Dolly Alderton's writing and I was very intrigued to hear she had written a book largely from a male perspective as her books usual... READ MORE
Olivia at Martlesham
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Another great book by Dolly Alderton
“Everything you want to do in your life, you can do without a man” A story about a break up, told from a male perspective (shock I’m reading about a ma... READ MORE
Jasmine  Nicholson
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Dolly’s best yet!
Loved loved LOVED the latest book from Dolly! From the male perspective during a seemingly unexpected break-up, we follow Andy as he comes to terms (ve... READ MORE
Jess at Worcester
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Dolly never misses!
Firstly I'd like to say a massive thank you to the ever-wonderful Rih at Penguin for sending me a proof of Good Material - aka one of my most highly antici... READ MORE
Emily at Waterstones Exeter
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A breakup novel like no other!
As a romance reader I can be quite skeptical when it comes to breakup novels, but this one truly shone. I loved following Andy's journey to moving on from ... READ MORE
Libby Low
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The final act makes it worth it
Even though the plot went stagnant and the main character often annoyed me, I was engaged by the novel throughout. This was a testament to the author’s ent... READ MORE
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Dolly fans you’re in for a treat!
Dolly just knows how to write and dissect the messiness and confusion of heartbreak so well! It was brilliantly entertaining to have the story told thro... READ MORE
Laionie Sarson
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Dolly Has Done it Again!
Thank you to Penguin for sending me a proof of Good Material. God, I adore Dolly Alderton with my whole heart. This is a superb novel. It is a beautiful... READ MORE
Poppy Flaxman
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Relatable and hilarious!
Good Material offers a brilliant, raw, and relatable journey through the messy world of modern relationships. Dolly’s wit and humour shines through, making... READ MORE
Chloe at Chester
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a refreshing and witty lit fic
Dolly Alderton is an auto-buy author for me as her memoir Everything I Know About Love is one of my favourite reads of all time. Although her other fiction... READ MORE
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Hilarious and Heartbreaking
I knew I was going to love this book from two pages in and it didn’t disappoint from start to finish. It’s absolutely hilarious, yet poignant, warm and hea... READ MORE
Donna - Hemel Hempstead
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I adore Dolly!
Dolly Alderton gets it right every time! Not only is it relatable because we've all done some silly things after a break-up but it reminds us that there... READ MORE
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Clever, relatable and thought provoking.
I’m very grateful to have received a reading copy of this book. I may have to read it again, as i got through it pretty quickly and now I’m kind of sad it... READ MORE
Rhiannon MacG
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Intelligently written, witty and tear-jerkingly honest.
This book explores the complexities and pitfalls of relationships from the male perspective. Not only does she nail the complications we have with each oth... READ MORE
Andrea Webb Waterstones Chichester
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Thank you Dolly :)
I was so so excited to read Good Material and it did not disappoint. This book ended up coming to me at a very special time - at a time that meant I was bo... READ MORE
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Funny, easy, entertaining
I was so lucky to receive a proof of this and I really enjoyed it, it was everything I was craving in a book - funny but thoughtful, and really easy to rea... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells
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Classic Dolly Alderton
A funny, feel-good novel with a touch of sadness sprinkled in. If you enjoy Alderton's other books, you’ll love this novel. We follow Andy on his journey t... READ MORE
Ciara Virk


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

  1. Waiting for his stand-up career to take off
  2. 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241523667
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 36 mm

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Modern day love …
In this break-up story our narrator Andy is still trying to understand why Jen decided to end their relationship. Alderton is good at portraying the bre... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
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The Madness
This was quintessentially Dolly, and I loved the book for it, but I feel slightly cheated by the fact that this whole book was about going through a break-... READ MORE
Daria - Bookshop Manager
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Funny and compassionate
I read this while ill with Covid and it kept my attention when little else could. Dolly Alderton writes insightfully about relationships with humour and co... READ MORE
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Laugh out loud funny but also poignant
Good Material follows Andy as he navigates through what feels like the wasteland of his life following his break-up with Jen. He really loves her and thoug... READ MORE
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Utterly brilliant
Enjoyed this book from start to end. Funny, poignant, heartwarming and just a joy to read. Loved it.
Lou Stephenson
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Funny, engaging and highly relatable
Good Material by Dolly Alderton. Publisher:: Penguin Uk Published on 9/11/23 NO SPOILERS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I first heard of Dolly Alderton when “Every... READ MORE
Maria  Hall
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Sad but funny break up story
When Jen ends their relationship of several years, Andy is baffled. Why doesn’t she love him any more? He goes through the various stages of break-up- desp... READ MORE
Jackie Murrell
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A Deeply Funny And Empathetic Tale of a Break Up
I sped through this story of a break up. Alderton is great at pacing novels and hooking you in and keeping you hooked. She is also really good at relatable... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
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I have no words
I have no words. Literally no words. Makes me think it’s going to be difficult to write a review of this one… No, but seriously - what a gorgeous book! ... READ MORE
Carmen Jimenez
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Great storyline
I enjoyed this book. It’s mostly from Andy’s point of view, but at the end we hear from Jen and I think it really finishes off the story. After four years ... READ MORE
Tammy Muir
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Her best !
Dolly does it again! I loved this even more than her previous novels , the characters, the writing, the nostalgia , i want to read it all over again! I... READ MORE
Zoe Woodend
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Funny and thoughtful
4+ I really like Dolly Alderton‘s writing and this is another very well written novel. We first meet Andy when in 2019, he lists the reasons why he is n... READ MORE
Celia Short
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Witty, funny, heartbreaking
This book was an excellent telling of the very real ups-and-downs of a post-heartbreak life. The characters, including the POV character, felt incredibly r... READ MORE
Alexandra Hamilton
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Loved it
I love Dolly Alderton’s writing, it’s so clever, funny and relatable. My friend told me this book explained how she was feeling about her own break up, an... READ MORE
megan kennedy
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Funny and thoughtful
I’d forgotten how much I love dolly’s work. This book is both laugh out loud funny and thoughtful and moving. Although the story centres on one of heartbre... READ MORE