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There are over 200,000 marriages and 7000 civil partnerships per year. This anthology offers over 100 poems and readings which celebrate love and union.

The perfect gift for Valentine’s Day

'And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with harmony'
Love's Labour's Lost, William Shakespeare

When Love Speaks brings together the greatest writing on love and commitment - from Donne to Cole Porter, Sappho to P.G. Wodehouse, love letters of the great composers to Edwardian marriage advice. These poems and passages capture high romance and everyday happiness, feverish first love and tender union. This joyful anthology provides a range of unique and inspiring readings for a wedding or civil ceremony.

Selected by the poet Adam O'Riordan


O'Riordan's fresh eyes have turned up some beautiful bits of writing

Dazed and Confused

The delicate introduction makes falling in love seem like the most sensible way to spend your time


Life is nothing without literature, whether taken in snippets...or in satisfying chunks, like the contents of the new anthology When Love Speaks...plenty to choose from in this collection

Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

Far more, and better, than the routine Valentine's anthology...rings the bells for a garland that revives a stale genre

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

The collected poems and prose extracts successfully fulfill editor Adam O'Riordan's aim to capture 'some of the strangeness of the wedding day' and other aspects of our love lives.

Chrissie Manby, Time Out

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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    August 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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  • Paperback


    April 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    288 pages

    RRP $22.99

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