Love Factually

Who, How and Why We Love

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


“A really interesting proper analysis of the ins and outs of love. Much better and more useful than my film! Laura Mucha has found the proof that love actually is all around – and has taken the trouble to analyse and understand it. A kind of marvellous feat.”Richard Curtis, Writer / Director of Love Actually

“First there was Plato’s Symposium. Then there was this: the well-researched twenty-first century toolbox for everything you didn’t realise you needed to know about love.” Allie Esiri, editor of The Love Book

“A fascinating book” – Daily Mail

Love Factually has been featured in The Daily Mail, The Express, The GuardianThe Telegraph, i Paper, Sunday Post, Marie ClaireThe New Zealand Herald, and The Sydney Morning Herald (where it was also Pick of the Week), on the BBC World ServiceBBC Radio 3Eamonn Holmes on talkRADIOBBC Radio London, Simon Mayo’s Book Club on Scala, BBC Manchester, WNYCABC AustraliaTriple JChannel 4’s Sunday Brunch, and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.