For Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up our favourite heart-wrenching titles – from the timeless tale of love, The Great Gatsby, to the love poems of Dante and Pushkin.

And, just in case you’re not in the mood for such amorous books, we’ve got the perfect antidote to Valentine’s Day too: The Good Soldier – in which adultery is rife and relationships fall apart…

    The Great Gatsby

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Invited to an extravagantly lavish party in a Long Island mansion, Nick Carraway, a young bachelor who has just settled in the neighbouring cottage, is intrigued by the mysterious host, Jay Gatsby, a flamboyant but reserved self-made man with murky business interests and a shadowy past. As the two m…

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    Love Poems

    By Alexander Pushkin

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    One of the many aspects of Alexander Pushkin’s immense contribution to Russian language and literature, and perhaps the one he is most popular for, is his mastery of the love poem, a genre which he perfected like few others before or after him. This volume contains a selection of his most famous and…

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    Love Poems

    By Dante Alighieri

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    Dante is known to most readers outside Italy for his gritty descriptions of the Inferno, but there is another, gentler side to his poetry, which found expression throughout his career in verses that made him, together with his friend Guido Cavalcanti, the leading love poet of his generation. From th…

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    Pride and Prejudice

    By Jane Austen

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    The pride of high-ranking Mr Darcy and the prejudice of middle-class Elizabeth Bennet conduct an absorbing dance through the rigid social hierarchies of early-nineteenth-century England, with the passion of the two unlikely lovers growing as their union seems ever more improbable. One of the most ch…

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    The Good Soldier

    By Ford Madox Ford

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    The Good Soldier tells the stories of two outwardly happy couples who meet at a health spa in Germany just before the start of the First World War, and whose loveless, adultery-ridden relationships are strained and gradually disintegrate, with tragic consequences. Drawing inspiration from his person…

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    Caramel Hearts

    By E.R. Murray

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    Liv Bloom’s life is even more complicated than that of your average fourteen-year-old: her father walked out on the family when she was young, her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics, and her older sister is struggling to step into Mum’s shoes. The only person she can turn to is her best f…

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    Sonnets

    By William Shakespeare

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    Shakespeare’s Sonnets are among the most lyrical and moving pieces of poetry in any language, abounding with examples of his genius for wordplay, rhythm and metaphor and dealing with the eternal themes of love, memory, beauty and the ravishes of time. First published in 1609, after Shakespeare had w…

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    The Great Gatsby

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Invited to an extravagantly lavish party in a Long Island mansion, Nick Carraway, a young bachelor who has just settled in the neighbouring cottage, is intrigued by the mysterious host, Jay Gatsby, a flamboyant but reserved self-made man with murky business interests and a shadowy past. As the two m…

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    The Jane Austen Collection

    By Jane Austen

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    To celebrate the publication of Love and Friendship and Northanger Abbey, we’re offering our Jane Austen collection, presented in these eye-popping covers, for only £18.97 – a 50% discount. Includes: Love and Friendship Northanger Abbey Emma Mansfield Park Persuasion Pride and Prejudice Sense and Se…

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    Love Poems

    By Erich Fried

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    This collection contains some of the most important works by one of the twentieth century’s most popular and influential poets. The appeal of Fried’s verse lies in its simplicity and directness, whether he is writing – with his customary humanity, honesty and perception – about love, about political…

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    Love and Friendship

    By Jane Austen

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    These inventive and entertaining pieces display the early sparkles of wit and imagination of Jane Austen’s mature fiction. Written when she was only in her teens, they are by turns amusing, acerbic and occasionally downright silly. ‘Love and Friendship’ and ‘Lesley Castle’ provide parodies of the ge…

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