Love is a many splendoured thing, a diverse jewel, and nowhere is that more evident than in this unique publication. Offering a most distinctive take on its subject, Love lets us walk hand in hand through the twentieth century with some of its most famous couples. Their desire might have been to make a private world together, but they are also among those who have reformulated our ideas of what relationships could be, who have found equal status as independent but supportive partners, both making a difference to their times. Sometimes seen as threatening, they nevertheless show that, whether heterosexual or gay, there is no secret recipe to emotional success, no genetic elixir save commitment and trust. Presented in the context of their age, year by year and couple by couple, we watch the world change through their eyes, and learn at the same time about related topics like the Kinsey Report, psychoanalysis, lingerie, the role of the church, femmes fatales, and sex in pop music and the cinema. Whether you're JFK and Jackie O, Kurt and Courtney or Hillary and Bill, success in love remains the great unknown, and whether you're after lust or dreamy romance, you'll love this book.