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:

‘May be the most detailed, painstaking anatomy of desire that we are ever likely to see or need again... An ecstatic celebration of love and language’ Washington Post The ...

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 TimesWithdrawn, ...


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 ...

Blue is the Warmest Color

Julie Maroh

From the publisher:

Originally published in French as Le bleu est une couleur chaude, Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine ...