Dolly Alderton & Elizabeth Day

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Sunday 14 July 2024

8:30 pm

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Join us for a special evening with friends and authors Dolly Alderton and Elizabeth Day as they chat about life, love, friendship, platonic love and everything in between.

Good Material is the new novel from the bestselling author, Dolly Alderton and it is a sharply funny, beautifully observed and exquisitely relatable story of heartbreak and friendship, and how to survive both.

As a society, there is a tendency to elevate romantic love. But what about friendships? Aren't they just as – if not more – important? So why is it hard to find the right words to express what these uniquely complex bonds mean to us? In Friendaholic: Confessions of a Friendship Addict, Elizabeth Day embarks on a journey to answer these questions.

Admission: €25

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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. Dolly Alderton’s Good Material is told from Andy’s perspective, until it isn’t. Because Andy still has a lot to learn, not least his ex-girlfriend’s side of the story.

 

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.

 

Growing up, Elizabeth Day wanted to make everyone like her. Lacking friends at school, she grew up to believe that quantity equalled quality. Having lots of friends meant you were loved, popular and safe. She was determined to become a Good Friend. And, in many ways, she did. But in adulthood she slowly realised that it was often to the detriment of her own boundaries and mental health.

 

Then, when a global pandemic hit in 2020, she was one of many who were forced to reassess what friendship really meant to them – with the crisis came a dawning realisation: her truest friends were not always the ones she had been spending most time with. Why was this? Could she rebalance it? Was there such thing as…too many friends? And was she really the friend she thought she was?

 

Friendaholic unpacks the significance and evolution of friendship. From exploring her own personal friendships and the distinct importance of each of them in her life, to the unique and powerful insights of others across the globe, Elizabeth asks why there isn’t yet a language that can express its crucial influence on our world. From ghosting and frenemies to social media and seismic life events, Elizabeth leaves no stone unturned. Friendaholic is the book you buy for the people you love but it’s also the book you read to become a better friend to yourself.

 

     

Writers

Dolly Alderton

Dolly Alderton is an award-winning author, screenwriter and journalist based in London. She is a columnist for Sunday Times Style and has also written for GQ, Red, Marie Claire and...

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Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day is an award-winning author and broadcaster. Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of all of the things that haven’t gone right. In 2019 it...

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