The good book club

Find a ro­man­tic hero or hero­ine in this month’s reads

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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.

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