What makes a perfect love story? Is it Cathy and Heathcliff, bound for all eternity across a howling moor? Is it the sparkling courtship of Pride and Prejudice? Is love the burning path to ‘I do’? Or is it navigating Alain de Botton’s tricky business of The Course of Love after the passion subsides? Is it our favourite love poems that defy the ages or the tragic depiction of doomed promise that is Alfred Hayes' In Love?
Whatever your idea of ideal love, find it between the covers this Valentine’s Day.
New Love Stories
Modern Love Stories
Ahead of the sometimes strange and sometimes surprising rituals of Valentine's Day, Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass considers if literature is really love's best role model.