01 February 2017

Madonna in a Fur Coat

Sabahattin Ali

In the first flush of a new relationship? This timeless 1940s novel perfectly captures the fascination, excitement, elation and despair of a life-changing love affair. When a Turkish romantic falls in love with an unorthodox artist in 1920s Berlin, both gain a fleeting chance to be themselves in a world that can't accept them as they are.

Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer

If you're buying for a friend who's not feeling Valentine’s day, this book is for you. It follows Jacob and Julia Bloch, who are simultaneously trying to persuade Jacob’s elderly father into a retirement home, keep their eldest son in school and prepare themselves for a family reunion. In the process, they discover something that risks destroying their marriage. Meanwhile, an earthquake in the Middle East leads to a conflict that forces everyone to decide what ‘home’ really means.

The Best of Adam Sharp

Graeme Simsion

Love changes with age – and so do we. But there's nothing like an old love song to remind you of everything you've shared together. For the music lover in your life, try the latest novel from the author of The Rosie Project. Adam Sharp is nudging fifty and has life worked out – working when he likes, content in a long-term relationship, with plenty of time to compete in the pub quiz. But when an old flame gets in touch, he finds himself nostalgic for what they had together – especially the music. Is this his second chance at the life he was meant to live?

The Sonnets

William Shakespeare

If you’re looking to win someone’s heart this Valentine’s day, this beautiful Clothbound Classic edition of the ultimate love poems could well do the trick. From heartfelt longing to trembling hope, Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets perfectly express what it is to love someone from afar. As well as being perfect for declaring your feelings, this gorgeous edition also makes a lovely romantic keepsake. If things work out, it might even be one to show the grandkids….

Magnetism

F. Scott Fitzgerald

If your significant other is more into thrillers than romance, try a love story with a little more bite. The charming George Hannaford attracts attention from women wherever he goes, yet only has eyes for his wife. But when she turns her attention to another man, George finds himself the target of a blackmail campaign, and everything he thought he knew is called into question. Written by The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, this enthralling novel matches the dark, glittering power of Gatsby ounce for ounce.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez

Feel like you two were always meant to be? This is the book to let them know. When Florentino Ariza falls in love with Fermina Daza, she rejects him to marry another man. Florentino is bereft. But fifty one years, nine months and four days later, she returns to his life after her husband’s death. Finally he has a second chance to declare his enduring love. Can he win her heart at last?

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

Isabel Greenberg

We’re never quite sure where love will take us. But if you and your valentine are willing to risk your hearts on a great adventure, then this is the book for you.

“All those stories you have told, all those wonderful stories…
They are nothing to OUR STORY. People will tell it in years to come…
And they will say, that was a story about Love.
And about two brave girls who wouldn’t take shit from anyone.”

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