Marina Fiorato author of Kit
Who: Lord Peter Wimsey
Where: Punting on the river in Oxford, eating a posh picnic from a Fortnum’s hamper
What: We would talk piffle, and I would try to keep up with all his literary allusions, but then he would let his guard down and remove his monocle…
Why: It’s the 1930s equivalent of Netflix and chill
Louise O’Neill author of Asking For It
Who: Luca from the Vendetta Trilogy by Catherine Doyle
Where: The Boom Boom Room in New York
What: Enough cocktails to feel a little bit reckless….
Why: Because he’s sexy as hell. (Damn it! There goes my resolution to stop objectifying hot men.)
Catherine Lowell author of The Madwoman Upstairs
What: Horse & buggy ride
Where: Central Park, NYC
Why: Odysseus because he’s wise, tall, and good with a fleet; the horse & buggy because he’s probably never seen NYC before
Tasmina Perry author of The Last Goodbye
Who: I have always had a soft spot for George Emerson in A Room With A View, He’s not one of the more ‘alpha’ romantic leads in fiction. But he is wonderfully brooding and has a passionate and decent soul. He comes alive because of the love of a woman, and also wants Lucy to be the person he knows she can be, which I think is such a romantic notion.
Where: The Tuscan countryside when the sunflowers or violets are in bloom.
What: A picnic on a hillside with views over the whole of Florence.
Why: I first read A Room With a View as a teenager. I’d never even been to Italy back then, but reading the Florence section in the book made me decide that Italy was the most romantic place in the world. I’ve been many times since and still have the same view! I think each city had its own unique romantic flavour whether it’s Venice, Florence, Positano or Rome.
Alex Potter author of Paris with Love
Who: Heathcliff. We’re both from Yorkshire so we’d get on like a house on fire, plus his bad boy good looks would be sure to get him spotted by a big director and cast in a new Hollywood movie
What: We go for drinks at the Chateau Marmont before hitting a showbizzy party
Chrissie Manby author of A Proper Family Adventure
Who: I rather fell in love with Marco, the mysterious Italian businessman in the ‘Hidden women’ trilogy I wrote under the name Stella Knightley.
Where: I’d like to meet him in his Venetian palazzo, of course, for a very private candlelit dinner.
What: To know what else he might want to get up to, you’ll have to read the books!
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