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About the book
  • Published: 6 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448191987
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Love Book

Classic and Contemporary Poems, Letters and Prose on the Wonderful (But Troublesome) Theme of Love

A glorious cloth-bound collection of poetry, prose, letters and lyrics penned by the finest writers in the English language, about the most important emotion on earth.

An exquisite collection of the very best writing on love.

THE LOVE BOOK presents a new anthology of writing on all aspects of the most important emotion on earth. There’s true love, unrequited love, erotic love, platonic love, thwarted love, comic love, mourned love and just about every other type of love, explored here in poetry, prose, letters and lyrics from the greatest writers in the English language.

In one fabulously comprehensive volume, Allie Esiri brings together texts ancient and modern, from William Shakespeare to Sharon Olds, Catullus to Carol Ann Duffy, the bible to Bob Dylan; she offers us sonnets for wooing, lamentations for loss and perfect passages for weddings. Full of classics and all-time favourites, THE LOVE BOOK also includes lesser-known marvels, such as Mozart’s love notes, Sappho’s lesbian odes and a letter from Napoleon.

Forget corny greeting cards and chocolate box cliché, this is the literature of love at its finest. Beautifully presented and helpfully divided into themed sections, it’s an indispensable collection for anyone who’s ever had a heart.

  • Pub date: 6 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448191987
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Allie Esiri

Allie Esiri, described in a Tatler profile as 'a poetry powerhouse', studied at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. Her iF Poems App was launched to great acclaim in November 2011 and was Apple Editors' Choice All Time Favourite app. iF: A Treasury of Poems for Every Possibility was published in 2012 and The Love Book in 2014.

Praise for The Love Book

“A sumptuous collection of poetry and prose”


“If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift, you can't do better than this”

Mail on Sunday

“Filled with stories, poems and letters about the L word, it'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy”

Sainsbury's Magazine

“An inspired selection of classic and contemporary poetry and prose on amatory themes, in a beautifully designed cloth-bound volume”

Juanita Coulson, Lady

“This is not just another collection, this is an Esiri collection – a reverently considered and gracefully realised book that allows the greatest loves of all time to live on in its pages”

Georgia Mizen, The Upcoming

“This passionate, funny, intimate and magical book captures love in all its random, brutal, wonderful shapes and sizes.”

Richard Curtis

“This book is full of medicine for the soul. Buy it , read and your heart will be glad. ”

Helena Bonham Carter

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