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Love Factually: The Science of Who, How and Why We Love

Laura Mucha

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Bloomsbury
04 February 2019
Sociology: family & relationships; Psychology; Social, group or collective psychology; Psychology: emotions; Popular science; Family & relationships
As featured on Sunday Brunch and Woman's Hour 'Laura Mucha has found the proof that love actually is all around.' Richard Curtis Poets, philosophers and artists have been trying to explain romantic love for centuries, but it remains one of the most complex and intimidating terrains to navigate. Most people are afraid to be open and honest about their relationships - until now.

For Love Factually, Laura Mucha has interviewed hundreds of strangers, from the ages of 8 to 95 in more than 40 countries, asking them to share their most personal stories, feelings and insights about love. These intimate and illuminating conversations raised important questions, such as:

- How does your upbringing influence your relationships? - Does love at first sight exist? Should you 'just know'? - What should you look for in a partner? - Is monogamy natural? - Why do people cheat? - How do you know when it's time to walk away?

Drawing on psychology, philosophy, anthropology and statistics, Love Factually combines evidence, theory and everyday experience and is the perfect read for anyone who is curious about how we think, feel and behave when it comes to love.
By:   Laura Mucha
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   394g
ISBN:   9781472954343
ISBN 10:   1472954343
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   04 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

From a young age, Laura Mucha was fascinated by relationships, and for as long as she can remember, she questioned, interrogated and informally `interviewed' virtually everyone she met about their relationships. After gaining an MA in Philosophy and Psychology from Edinburgh University, Laura spent many years travelling to every continent in the world, speaking to hundreds of strangers from a wide variety of backgrounds, listening to their intimate stories and personal philosophies. Laura has explored romantic love working with scientists, philosophers, artists and musicians. She is also an award-winning poet, experienced speaker, performer and broadcaster, appearing at festivals, theatres, schools, music venues (including Wigmore Hall), and on radio (including BBC Radio 3 and the World Service).

Reviews for Love Factually: The Science of Who, How and Why We Love

A really interesting proper analysis of the ins and outs of love. Much better and more useful than my film! Laura Mucha has found the proof that love actually is all around - and has taken the trouble to analyse and understand it. A kind of marvellous feat. -- Richard Curtis First there was Plato's Symposium. Then there was this: the well-researched twenty-first century toolbox for everything you didn't realise you needed to know about love. -- Allie Esiri, editor of The Love Book


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