Love Understood

Who, How and Why We Love

For Love Understood (the US version of Love Factually), 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.


“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

“A fascinating investigation of how and why people fall in (and out of) love… Lively and entertaining, this book will inspire readers to look more deeply at the authenticity of their own relationships.”Publishers Weekly

Love Understood has been featured on WNYC, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, Eamonn Holmes on talkRADIOBBC Radio London, BBC Manchester, Simon Mayo’s Book Club on Scala, ABC Australia, Triple J, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, as well as in The Daily Mail, The Express, The Guardian, The Telegraph, i Paper, Sunday Post, Marie ClaireThe New Zealand Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald (where it was also Pick of the Week).