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Trent Dalton, Australia's best-loved writer, goes out into the world and asks a simple, direct question: Can you please tell me a love story?

A blind man yearns to see the face of his wife of 30 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, best-selling 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.

"It's the kind of book that has some impact on the reader...a Chaucerian endeavour, a rich caravanserai of real, living people with something important to tell." (Sydney Morning Herald)

©2021 Trent Dalton (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Absolutely loved this!

This is AMAZING. I loved every second of it. I couldn’t wait to put it in my ears when I had the chance. Trent Dalton’s narrative absolutely made it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful book. I’ll be hanging for the sequel ♥️

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Perfection

Just when you thought Trent Dalton couldn’t get better. I felt every emotion and seen the world through each persons words. Simply a sublime unexpected journey. It’s not what you think it will be!!!

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Nothing revolutionary but a nice idea

I'm charmed by the idea of this book and it is certainly the type of thing many of us have been craving over the past couple of years - to focus on the core things in life. Not all of it works but overall I think it's an interesting undertaking and a reasonably successful outcome. It was perfect to listen to in small doses - one or two stories in a session - and last thing before sleep, or for my morning drive to work.

Nothing earth-shattering or life-changing (but I don't think it's trying to be) but it's quite uplifting and brings the focus back to the core values of life.

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Beautiful and heartwarming

I listened to this book in small bites to savour each beautiful and heartwarming story. I cried and I laughed and I sighed my way through the listening of this book. Trent’s narration was flawless and expressed the spirit of the stories. I loved every minute of it and I really hope he does go ahead with books 2 and 3 with or without his lovely old Olivetti typewriter. Meanwhile I am going to listen to it again and send hard copies to each of my favourite peoples. Thank you Trent.

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What a Joyous Book!

Trent Dalton, I for one are so glad you discovered and nurtured your gift for telling other peoples stories. Just what the world needs a book that tells stories of love❤️ Beautiful thank you ❤️

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Smiling and crying

Thank you so much for this book - I recognised my own people amongst some of these stories of love - I used to write letters a lot and somehow it slipped away - now I want to pick up my pen and a clean sheet of paper - the trouble is all the ones I wrote to are now gone…smiling through the tears

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Sublime!

Reading Trent’s book is like a panacea for the soul. Everyone should have a copy of this book. Thank you Trent and to all who shared their love.

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Unfortunately I was unable to get through the first chapter. I’m pleased it was a free book.

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A beautiful story of love stories. Truly special. Reminds us of the magic in the world.

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Must read, Must listen

One of those books everyone should read in their lifetime. Actually should LISTEN to. Beautifully narrated, touched my heart.

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