9 Things Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I know about love’ taught me

You know when you live in anticipation of a book being released, something that you just know you are going to love and probably devour all too quickly? Everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton was that to me.

You may not have heard of Dolly Alderton if you have been living under a rock the past year or so. Former Sunday Times Style dating columnist, co-host to pop culture podcast The High Low with all round great gal Pandora Sykes and writer of a steady flow of informative, interesting and intelligent articles for a while host of titles. Vogue, The Pool, The Sunday Times, Red magazine… all over the shop!

When it was announced that she was releasing a book I was thrilled simply because I love her writing style and was really interested in the idea behind the book. You can read the blurb below for Everything I know about love.

“When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.”

I absolutely loved this book from the get-go, I didn’t expect anything less if I am being honest with you. It is honest, funny and relatable. What more could you want?! There were so many moment in this book where I thought OH MY GOD, YES!! I chuckled along, I cried both happy and sad tears and I finished reading it feeling content, inspired and a bit sad that the mystery of reading Everything I know about love was all over.

9 Things Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I know about love’ taught me

  • MSN Messenger was a huge part of people my age early teenage years. A really huge part. Talking to your friends nonstop, talking to strangers and forming an internet based friendship. We all did it. Ah the sweet noise of dial up.
  • You will live in flats/houses that looking back were probably a tiny bit questionable but at the time you were having the best time with your friends living that gal in her early 20s life.
  • You and your friends will move on with their lives but you will always be friends and you will always be there for each other.
  • Getting drunk and snogging a man is not a bad thing and isn’t something that you are alone in doing.
  • Even if your friends know that a guy isn’t right for you and they tell you in numerous ways and on numerous occasions, the only way that you will ripe off the plaster and move on will be  in your own time.
  • Fancy dress nights are fun. As are Rod Stewart themed parties.
  • You can fall in to lust for someone you have been speaking to online quite easily and end up building up how you want them to be in your head.
  • Loss is inevitable but it isn’t something you need to face alone. Your urban family will be there for you as much as your actual blood family.
  • Friendship is a pretty wonderful and magical thing. It is also something to devot time to, to love and to flourish within.




  1. bee.
    March 9, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I’ve seen quite a few people mention this book recently!

    • Emma
      March 10, 2018 / 8:34 am

      It’s really good, definitely a must read! x

  2. March 9, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I am dying to read this book next! I have seen so many people mentioning it! Also can totally relate to some of these things the book taught you! 🙂 xx Laura

    • Emma
      March 10, 2018 / 8:34 am

      It is so good! You definitely won’t regret picking up a copy x

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