Love is a many splendoured thing…

And so, there are many splendid books about it…

Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is an urgent vivid tale of a lifelong love affair between a poor boy from an asian slum and the pretty girl he knew once.They meet up just a few times as he is scrabbling to become wealthy – guess what turns out to be the greatest wealth of all?

A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amari and Richard Lannon, is, says a besotted colleague “not a self-help book, rather a scientific essay on the brain’s relation to the heart. When science falls down, the authors (all psychiatrists) delve into the art and poetry we create in order to further reveal the connections and fabric we use to build our lives. This is a valuable book”

Doppler by Erlend Loe is a deeply subversive fable from one of Norway’s bestselling writers, this is the tale of Doppler who lost his father, his job, his family and his home and so takes to the woods. The woods are dark, deep and strangely compelling, and in amongst them is a baby elk who becomes his friend…

Another colleague suggested Tampa by Alissa Nutting, if you feel like a slightly darker take on love: with crackling, stampeding, rampantly sexualised prose, this is a grand, satirical serio-comic examination of desire and a scorching literary novel.

Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney is an oldie but a goodie that kids and adults just, well, love… and another classic on much the same theme is Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.




The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce is an unlikely but delicate love story about a man in a loveless marriage who decides to walk the length of England.

Yet another colleague says we mustn’t forget the very beautiful The Virgin and the Whale by Carl Nixon, a touching, clever novel about stories, about using them to create your own identity, and about the way they can forge bonds of love

…and if you are feeling like reading a dark, rich and complex love story, perhaps Laura Esquivel’s Like Water For Chocolate, Audrey Niffenegger’s Time Traveller’s Wife  or Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez might do the trick!




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