The Lost Properties of Love

by Sophie Ratcliffe

On Sale: 20/01/2020


About the Book

Love affairs, grief, unhappiness, the mess at the bottom of your handbag. This is a book about the things we hide from other people, and how we might find new ways to think about love and intimacy in the twenty-first century.

What happens when a married woman starts to long for a lost love? Or a child's father dies, messily and too early, to usher in a grief that will always be somehow unfinished?

In a book that is part memoir and part imagined history, Sophie Ratcliffe takes a long, winding train journey through her own life and great literature to observe the complicated nature of loss, of parenting, of marriage and of being in love. Painfully funny and precise on the feelings many of us keep to ourselves, The Lost Properties of Love is an intimate exploration of the messiness of human life, the haunting experience of love, and the cluttered workings of the human heart.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008225940
  • ISBN 10: 000822594X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 20/01/2020
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 22.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs


Sophie Ratcliffe is an academic, writer, and literary critic. She teaches English at the University of Oxford, where she is an Associate Professor and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. She is the author of On Sympathy (Oxford University Press), and edited the authorised edition of P. G. Wodehouse's letters. In her academic work, she is interested in ideas of emotion and the history of how we feel. She reviews regularly for The Times, Telegraph, New Statesman, Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, and has served as a judge of a number of literary prizes, including the Baillie Gifford and Wellcome Book Prize.

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