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All relationships have their ups and downs, whether it’s struggles with a partner or difficulties in the family. Our Relationship Stories section shows the unique features of relationships in gloriously written technicolour.
A big, lush novel of prostitution, corruption, heroin addiction, despair and squalor, but this is no sordid tale, however depraved the characters and debauched their world. It is a very human story of lost innocence and hope as Balinese twins are exploited. It is also beautifully written; an extraordinary sensation, dark and powerful.Comparison: Sarah Waters, Colleen McCullough, Santa Montefiore.Similar this month: None but try Nicky Pellegrino or Joshilyn Jackson.
I am an enormous fan of Wendy, she’s so good at gently poking fun at the middle-classes, writes in a deliciously infectious style and is the perfect feel-good, romantic comedy queen. This looks at the many pitfalls of child bearing, amusing and touching, I loved it.Comparison: Julian Fellowes, Alison Pearson, Jane Green.Similar this month: Jane Blanchard, Melissa Hill.
Romantic, feel-good comedy about a jaded Londoner finding a very different life in the Scottish Highlands. All very whimsical, warm and obvious but it’s good escapist stuff.Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Carmen Reid, Jane Green.Similar this month: Kathleen Flynn Hui, Lisa Jewell.
Bella shot to fame when Richard and Judy chose her Hunting Unicorns as one of their Book Club titles last year. This has the same lovely writing but is very different being about a girl who manages a cinema, has an actor boyfriend whose suddenly doing well and suffering from lack of confidence. Itâ€™s a fun read for film buffs as well as romantics.Comparison: Lisa Jewell, Susan Fletcher, Isla Dewar.Similar this month: Sarah Jackman, Jill Mansell.
I cannot praise this highly enough. It is young Jilly Cooper territory, all jolly super Cotswold folk, throw in a film crew shooting for television, much panting, preening and pouting and you have a most wonderful, upbeat romp with laughter, tears and warmth. She has written three previous novels set in the Cotswolds, all gems but with this one she has surpassed herself.Comparison: Julian Fellowes, Jilly Cooper, Claudia Carroll.Similar this month: Belinda Jones, Jill Mansell.
Irish woman returns home to face old secrets, discover her past and build a future. You know the sort of thing only this one is really nicely done, truly engaging and satisfying. Her first novel, Waiting in the Wings, won the Romantic Novelistsâ€™ Association New Writers award and from then on she has just got stronger. Comparison: Kate Thompson, Lisa Jewell, Jane Green. Similar this month: Louise Kean, Chris Manby.
Stand-up comedian and now broadcaster with her second novel, a black comedy full of acerbic humour as two families fall apart on holiday in Italy. A clever, cynical, well-observed take on modern marriage, Joanna Trollope with bite.Comparison: Joanna Trollope, Amanda Brookfield, Jennifer Weiner.Similar this month: None, but try Veronica Henry or Sarah Jackman.
Loath at first sight sparks through love in an insightful tale that examines our perception of beauty and is written from the heart. Interestingly the author lost half her body weight, and so does her heroine, which adds an angle of authenticity I’m sure many can relate to. It is very astute. Comparison: Carmen Reid, Lisa Jewell, Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees.Similar this month: Chris Manby, Sarah Jackman.
As the chics who started the chic-lit trend get older, so too does their subject matter. This lovely writer is now into book number seven and tackles the fear of committing to a baby, the girl’s fear! Nice one.Comparison: Fiona Walker, Sheila O’Flanagan, Catherine Alliott.Similar this month: Jill Mansell, Sarah Jackman.
Rumoured to be based on personal experiences, this is quite a tale. Sexually explicit, highly instructional and charmingly tongue-in-cheek, it is the frank diary of a newly engaged, sweet copy-editor battling with wedding plans and pending in-laws while earning a hard crust as a high-class prostitute. Both fascinating and fun.Comparison: Belle de Jour, Catherine M.Similar this month: None.
Great big American novel (400 pages) of a family in crisis during the 50s and 60s and a wonderful account of life, history and ideals, of corruption, loss, love and murder. A novel of tremendous sweep, wordy but satisfying. She is one of America’s most respected literary flyers. It is quite a book.Comparison: Barbara Kingsolver, Tom Wolfe, John Updike.Similar this month: None. Try Louis de Bernières and David Lodge.
A totally absorbing, wonderful novel of interlinking characters and their relationships; of love, heartache and loss all in the glorious South of France. You feel the heat, the colour, the emotions, the pain, the laughter and the tears. My only criticism is that it all ended rather abruptly â€¦ I wanted more, it was such a lovely book; please read it. Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell, Plum Sykes. Similar this month: Belinda Jones, Chris Manby.
More than just romance, Relationship Stories can really strike a chord with us, at every stage of life. Just like relationships themselves, these books and there authors come in all shapes, sizes, atmospheres and aspirations. So, if something was missing from your last relationship read … we’ll help you find it in your next one! Here you’ll find the warm and the wise (Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly, Rosamunde Pilcher), the deliciously sexy (Jilly Cooper, Veronica Henry), the humourous and honest (Nick Hornby), the insightful (Joanna Trollope) and the … Perhaps, though you’re looking for a new relationship? Why not try our’ Author Like for Like’ tool or make a date with our Book of the Month recommendations and find your perfect match … for now, at least!