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This is a modern love story. It is a story about learning to survive, endure and flourish in a relationship. Above all, it is a story full of tenderness and sympathy for the hard work of keeping love going, and full of hope that we can make it through.

A brilliant new novel about love and marriage in the modern world - from the author the bestselling novel Essays in Love
Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?
This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic. It is a love story for the modern world, chronicling the daily intimacies, the blazing rows, the endless tiny gestures that make up a life shared between two people. Moving and deeply insightful, The Course of Love offers us a window into essential truths about the nature of love.

Reviews

Truly wonderful . . . told with great wit and affection. Should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot

Daily Mail

Acutely perceptive, clever, endearing. [A] love story that mirrors our own and that of so many others we know

Guardian

The observations are acute and telling. Rabih and Kirtsen's story is always engaging

Observer

Thought-provoking. A worldly wise romance

Mail on Sunday

Well observed, imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages

Evening Standard

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241962138

    January 3, 2017

    Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241145487

    May 2, 2016

    Hamish Hamilton (UK)

    256 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241145470

    May 1, 2016

    Hamish Hamilton (UK)

    256 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Booktopia
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    • Readings
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  • EBook

    9780241962121

    April 28, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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