Books for Valentine’s Day 2018

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Books for Valentine’s Day 2018

by Julia Paddon

Books about love, books with a love theme, even a book about Chinese communists falling in love with the Russian Revolution. Why? Because it’s Valentine’s Day on February 14th and we  books…

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  1. A Love Story by Émile Zola.
    The first modern translation for more than fifty years of Zola’s study in sexual psychology and sexual politics.
  2. Swann in Love by Marcel Proust.
    Infatuation, love, and jealousy set against the backdrop of Paris at the end of the nineteenth century.
  3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
    Updated edition of the timeless classic, where true love will simply not be denied.
  4. Love: A Very Short Introduction by Ronald de Sousa.
    A lucid introduction to the basic philosophical problems about love.

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  1. Red at Heart by Elizabeth McGuire.
    Movingly written narrative of Chinese youth who fell in love with the Soviet revolution and Russian people.
  2. Heartthrobs by Carol Dyhouse.
    The cultural history of the heartthrob, from Byron to boy-bands, Mr Darcy through to Christian Grey.
  3. No Way Back by Kelly Florentia.
    A must-read for anyone who loves intelligent, grown-up romance. When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma…
  4. Close of Play by PJ Whiteley.
    A thoughtful, funny, beautifully honest story of love and manners.

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  1. Beautiful Fools by R. Clifton Spargo.
    Imagines the relationship between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; a lyrical portrayal of an intense romance that ultimately destroyed them.
  2. The Victorian Guide to Sex by Fern Riddell.
    An exciting factual romp through sexual desire, practises and deviance in the Victorian era.
  3. Love Songs: The Hidden History by Ted Gioia.
    First comprehensive history of love songs reveals how today’s pop songs were shaped by hidden forces throughout history.
  4. Mistresses by Elizabeth Abbott.
    Examines the motives of some of history’s most infamous and fascinating women.

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  1. A History of Courtship by Tania O’Donnell.
    A historical approach to the problem of finding a mate, with case studies of classic romantic mistakes and plenty of unusual tales.
  2. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.
    An unrelenting picture of the unglamorous realities of fame, 21st century celebrity culture, and a child living in an all-too-adult world.
  3. A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde.
    For Lorna and her friend Philly the door to true love remains resolutely closed, bould their discovery of a secret garden mean this is about to change?
  4. The Forever Marriage by Ann Bauer.
    A compelling examination of a relationship and of a woman facing up to her imperfect past.

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  1. Midnight in Berlin by James MacManus.
    As the threat of war escalates in Berlin 1938, might clandestine love hold the key to an unlikely peace?
  2. Love and a Dozen Roast Potatoes by Simon Wan.
    A life tale of comic disasters, sex, relationship nightmares and discovering your nakedness in a world full of people wearing the same old clothes.
  3. Same Sex Please by Gill Rossini.
    The first history of same-sex relationships aimed specifically at family historians and offers valuable insights into the lives of those who were often seen as outcasts.
  4. The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell.
    While Lilly is breaking hearts, Neave loses herself in an illicit copy of ‘The Pirate Lover’, a romance in which the heroine is as swashbuckling as the hero.

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  1. Septimania by Jonathan Levi.
    A strong and magical picaresque romance from a master storyteller.
  2. Forgiveness 4 You by Ann Bauer.
    An ex-Catholic priest, and with his quiet job at a quiet bookstore, he is slowly-rebuilding his still-young life. But even outside the confessional, people feel compelled to share their stories and reveal to him their deepest, guiltiest secrets.
  3. Sexuality and its Impact on History by Hunter S. Jones.
    Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore as seven authors take us through the centuries.
  4. The Ornatrix by Kate Howard.
    Painted against a vivid historical landscape with themes and characters relevant today, The Ornatrix tackles issues of belonging, female identity and the perception of beauty and cannot fail to move.

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