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Conversations in Love by Natasha Lunn @NatashaLunn @vikingbooksuk #ConversationsinLove #NonFictionReads #Talkingaboutlove #bookreview #TheClqrt #bookblog #NatashaLunn

Penguin Books

Book Description

After years of feeling that love was always out of reach, journalist Natasha Lunn set out to understand how relationships work and evolve over a lifetime. She turned to authors and experts to learn about their experiences, as well as drawing on her own, asking: how do we find love? How do we sustain it? And how do we survive when we lose it?

In Conversations with Love she began to find the answers:

Philippa Perry on falling in love slowly

Dolly Alderton on vulnerability

Stephen Grosz on accepting change

Candice Carty – Williams on friendship

Lisa Taddeo on the loneliness of loss

Diana Evans on parenthood

Emily Nagoski on the science of sex

Alain de Botton on the psychology of being alone

Esther Perci on unrealistic expectations

Roxane Gay on redefining romance

and many more…

My Thoughts

Thank you firstly to Annie Moore for inviting me to be involved in the social media tour celebrating paperback publication of this book. My first non fiction read of 2022 and it was a good one. I was instantly struck, as I began reading on what a narrow and limiting view we have of love and I found this book to be an enlightening read.

I remember as a child wondering who my mother loved more – me or my dad, neither she nor I explicitly recognised these as two different forms of love, and it seems to me this is an ongoing failing – the prioritising of only really valuing the love of an intimate and life long partner. Yet reading this book it was clear to me instantly how flawed this widely held perception is.

I recognised a lot of myself in the honest accounts offered by the author and those interviewed and it made me appreciate even more, how valuable a book this one is. I particularly enjoyed Candice Carty – Williams‘ words on the love for her friends, their role in validating her and the largely unconditional love between friendships – for many it is these relationships where we are able to be consistently honest in showing our true self and all its facets. Philippa Perry is always a draw for me and I was not disappointed by her wise words.

This book is an incredibly interesting read, but also one to dip back into I think. Healing and reflective it is a book I would buy for friends but also one whose words could be drawn upon during difficult times, in times of lost love perhaps but as a reminder of the many forms of love and the need to value it in all its forms.

About the Author

Natasha Lunn is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling book Conversations on Love, and the creator of a popular and acclaimed email newsletter of the same name. She is the features director at RED magazine and has completed a course on psychodynamic couples therapy at the Tavistock Centre. She lives in London.

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