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Brought to you by Penguin.

Audio narrated by Nathasha Lunn, Roxanne Gay, Greg Wise, Lemn Sissay, Juno Dawson, Melanie Reid, Stephen Grosz, Mira Jacob, Ayisha Malik, Sarah Hepola, Susan Quilliam, Emily Nagoski, Susie Orbach, Lucy Kalanithi, Isabela Laughland and Ricky Nixon.

The top 10 Sunday Times best seller

A celebration of love in all its forms, featuring conversations with: Philippa Perry on falling in love slowly * Candice Carty-Williams on friendship * Alain de Botton on the psychology of being alone * Dolly Alderton on vulnerability * Emily Nagoski on the science of sex * Diana Evans on parenthood * Lisa Taddeo on the loneliness of loss * Esther Perel on unrealistic expectations * Stephen Grosz on accepting change * Roxane Gay on redefining romance * and many more

Every day we think about love, and every day love eludes us. Maybe you're hoping to begin a new relationship, or in a secret place in your heart, gathering the courage to leave one. Maybe you're in a long-term partnership, wondering how to sustain love through life's many storms. Maybe you're a parent and you want to be a better one; or you've lost a parent, and that loss suddenly dwarves everything else. After years of interviewing people about their relationships, Natasha Lunn learnt that these daily questions about love are often rooted in three bigger ones:

How do we find love? How do we sustain it?

And how do we survive when we lose it?

Interviewing authors and experts as well as drawing on her own experience, Natasha Lunn guides us through the complexities of these three questions. The result is a book to learn from, to lose and find yourself in. The real-life love stories will leave you feeling hopeful and seen, while the insights from experts will transform the way you think about your relationships. Above all, Conversations on Love will remind you that love is fragile, sturdy, mundane, beautiful - a thing always worth fighting for.

©2021 Natasha Lunn (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Wise, wonderful, moving and brilliant...will leave your heart in a much better place." (Stylist)

"I underlined passages on almost every page of this wide-ranging, tender-hearted book." (The Times, Books of the Year)

"Uplifting.... You'll laugh, cry and recommend it to your friends." (Refinery29) 

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Better in print!

I would not recommend this as an audio book. I was really excited when I saw that so many of the book’s contributors were on the recording but the dialogue was really wooden. Despite these originally being interviews it felt really really obvious that the interviewees were reading something which they had previously said. Some were better than others but overall it was not a great performance. The content is good - though. I enjoyed thinking about love in all the many different ways it is tackled. Could use some trigger warnings about miscarriage - I didn’t realise how much of the book was about that.

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Such an excellent book! Easy to listen to and full of heartwarming and relatable stories.

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self-indulgent, personal musings

I had to skip most chapters. Perhaps there are people interested in the author's introspection and/or her relationship with her husband. Some diversity of thought provided by the interviewees. Reads like an university essay. There are better works on the subject.

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A heart-warming reminder of what love is

A beautiful book of reflections, stories and life lessons on love in all its forms.

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Transformative

I had great expectations for this book, based on the blurb and reviews. But it superceded them by far! The range of types of love and stages of life and the various personalities.... I resonated with some, empathised with and learnt from others. I feel this is a book which speaks to everyone. During and after listening to it I wanted to share it with my loved ones. If you are psychologically minded, don't hesitate to take the journey with this book and all the people you will meet in it.