Well, it’s that time of year again. The week of love is here (otherwise known as the week of chocolate and things shaped like hearts culminating in a lot of heart-shaped chocolates).
We’ve been getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit here at the agency and we thought it was about time we asked Darley’s angels to decide once and for all what the best love story of all time is.
We’ll be posting a new answer every day this week. Starting with Rights Assistant, Emma Winter:
Emma, what is the best love story of all time?
For me, it’s immediately (and forever) The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I love love stories and I’ve read so many over the course of the years, but this one always stays with me. It’s pretty much perfect. It follows Clare and Henry, husband and wife, but Henry has a rare genetic disorder which causes him to time travel. It is this core concept where the novel draws its quiet power.
The idea of exploring both time travel and a couple’s relationship, which begins, although not intimately, when Clare is very young, feels convincing and unique throughout. I’ve never read anything that resonated as deeply and left such an indelible mark. It is both brilliant and devastating and left me crying on the tube (I rarely cry at books, okay I cried at The Fault In Our Stars, so this was interesting).
What do you think? Is The Time Traveller’s Wife the best love story of all time? Let us know in the comments.