The good book club
Find a romantic hero or heroine in this month’s reads
Bridget Jones’ Baby Helen Fielding
It seems incredible that it’s been 20 years since Helen Fielding first introduced us to Bridget Jones. Now everyone’s favourite singleton is back, navigating yet another love triangle with the caddish Daniel Cleaver and the dashing Mark Darcy – only this time, she’s pregnant. Oh, Bridget.
Heartburn Nora Ephron
It’s no surprise that the writer of When
Harry Met Sally should give us one of the funniest relationship reads of all time. Based on her own life, the novel follows the story of cookbook writer Rachel, who finds out seven months into her pregnancy that her husband Mark is in love with another woman. Only Ephron could write a story about the end of a relationship that proves quite this witty and uplifting.
High Fidelity Nick Hornby
This mid-nineties bestseller is still a relevant read for anyone trapped in that tricky stage of adulthood where you don’t feel quite grown up enough yet. Our hero Rob Fleming is flailing in his romantic relationship and failing at running a record shop, worried that his pop culture obsessions may be sabotaging his love life..
The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
Henry DeTamble is a handsome librarian with a rare condition that makes him involuntarily travel backwards and forwards through time, a fact that complicates life with his wife Clare. Niffenegger’s debut novel is a dazzling, heart-wrenching read and possibly one of the most romantic books ever.
One Day David Nicholls
Dexter and Emma are polar opposites: a privileged, peacocking ladies’ man and a nerdy, left wing idealist who annoy each other on sight. But this is a love story, so we know how that ends. The novel follows their relationship as their lives intercept on the same day every year. By the time you turn the final page, you’ll feel like you’re saying goodbye to people you know.