ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Trent set up his Olivetti typewriter on a table in central Brisbane, with a spare chair and a sign asking for love stories. Over the course of two months, people would stop and tell him of love - lost, found, kept, remembered - and he would faithfully record their tales. Some of them made me weep, some of them made me laugh, and this heartfelt tribute to the great stories even the most 'ordinary' of us possess is a truly uplifting and sweetly warming collection. Trent's enthusiastic personality stitches the stories together, as he reflects on his own love stories. It's also a beautiful snapshot of a city and its people - Trent may be a sentimental puppy, but he is also a damn fine writer with a wonderful turn of phrase. Highly recommended! Lindy
A blind man yearns to see the face of his wife of thirty years. A divorced mother has a secret love affair with a priest. A geologist discovers a three-minute video recorded by his wife before she died. A tree lopper's heart falls in a forest. A working mum contemplates taking photographs of her late husband down from her fridge. A girl writes a last letter to the man she loves most, then sets it on fire. A palliative care nurse helps a dying woman converse with the angel at the end of her bed. A renowned 100-year-old scientist ponders the one great earthly puzzle he was never able to solve: 'What is love?' Endless stories. Human stories. Love stories.
Inspired by a personal moment of profound love and generosity, Trent Dalton, bestselling author and one of Australia's finest journalists, spent two months in 2021 speaking to people from all walks of life, asking them one simple and direct question: 'Can you please tell me a love story?' The result is an immensely warm, poignant, funny and moving book about love in all its guises, including observations, reflections and stories of people falling into love, falling out of love, and never letting go of the loved ones in their hearts. A heartfelt, deep, wise and tingly tribute to the greatest thing we will never understand and the only thing we will ever really need: love.