On average a song lasts 3 minutes 30 seconds. Paintings can only capture a moment in time. And Hollywood rom-coms usually roll the credits once the couple have said 'I do'. And yet, from teenage lust to adult companionship, we spend decades falling in and out of love.
When it comes to reflecting those long – sometimes complicated, sometimes blissful – romantic journeys, nothing does it better than a book. Here we present a capsule of reading that will last you a lifetime. And if you want more love stories, read our list of the best romance books.