The theme of love is integral to literature and countless examples can be found in many well-loved classic novels. The books on this list have one thing in common - love. That's not to say these stories always end well with everyone living happily ever after. There's plenty of heartbreak, adultery, break-ups and loss, but the thread that ties these classic romance books together is passion, amour, all-consuming love.
You'll see some familiar titles that often make the cut for the must-read romance books, such as Pride and Prejudice, Love in the Time of Cholera, Doctor Zhivago and, of course, Outlander, but we hope that you, lovers of literature, will be delighted with this full selection of 30 essential books about love.