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Given the choice where would you like to spend Valen­tine’s Day? Which city is beau­ti­ful enough to live up to all your most ex­trav­a­gant wine-and-flower strewn ro­man­tic fan­tasies. Prob­a­bly not Pre­ston, we’re think­ing.

The right an­swer is Paris of course, the city of love, the city where Abe­lard and Heloise met, where Jean Se­berg and JeanPaul Bel­mondo goofed around in Go­dard’s nou­velle vague clas­sic A bout de souf­fle, and where Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande jumped on a scooter to visit his mis­tress.

Writ­ers, film mak­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers have all tried to cap­ture the city’s ro­man­tic charm. Il­lus­tra­tors too, as Les­lie Jonath’s book Ev­ery­one Loves Paris proves. Fea­tur­ing the work of more than 50 il­lus­tra­tors , in­clud­ing New Jer­sey’s Adelle Marcero. “Gath­er­ing th­ese images was like peer­ing into a col­lec­tion of in­ti­mate mo­ments,” Jonath ex­plains in the in­tro­duc­tion, “small love af­fairs with the City of Light”.

Its pages of­fers a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to go­ing there. But lovely as it is you’re not go­ing to find love in its pages. You might if you go there though. Did you know more than half of the peo­ple who live in Paris are sin­gle? Does that give some of you ideas?

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