For Lovers and Others

Nobody seems quite sure who Saint Valentine was, or how many Saint Valentines there were, or how, why and when he, or they, came to be the patron saint of whatever it is he, or they, is, or are, patron saint (or saints) of – love? Lust? The triumph of hope over expectation? Greetings card companies? Anyway, we’ve cynically taken advantage of the entirely predictable occurrence of 14 February 2014 to put together a reading list for lovers, requited and un-, for others, and for ordinary curmudgeons like us.

A Lover’s Discourse

Roland Barthes

From the publisher:

An ecstatic celebration of love and language’ Washington PostThe language we use when we are in love is not a language we speak.

The Collector

John Fowles

From the publisher:

Discover John Fowles’ compelling classic first novel ‘Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones’ Sunday Times ...

Carol

Patricia Highsmith

From the publisher:

‘Some books change lives. This is one of them’ Val McDermid A haunting story of obsessive love which scandalized the world when first published

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates

From the publisher:

Hailed as a masterpiece from its first publication, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright young couple who are bored by the banalities of ...