Love Understood (Hardcover)

The Science of Who, How and Why We Love

By Laura Mucha

Bloomsbury Sigma, 9781472968326, 368pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

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"Laura Mucha has found the proof that love actually is all around."--Richard Curtis, writer and director of Love, Actually and Notting Hill

For Love Understood, 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 and relationships. 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 Understood combines evidence, theory and everyday experience and is the perfect read for anyone who is curious about how we thing, feel and behave when it comes to love.

About the Author

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).

Praise For Love Understood: The Science of Who, How and Why We Love

“A fascinating investigation... Lively and entertaining, this book will inspire readers to look more deeply at the authenticity of their own relationships.” —Publishers Weekly