How to Fall in Love with Anyone
Mandy Len Catron


A fresh and approachable read, Mandy Len Catron’s series of essays present love as an idea, a problem to be solved, and a story which changes for every person.
Catron’s starting point was the conclusion of both her parent’s 28 year marriage and the subsequent end of her own long-term relationship, which spanned her twenties. Was it that love itself is finite, even when both people are good and kind? How did you know what made you compatible? What could you do to sustain the happily ever after?
With a long involvement in collecting love stories, the tales of how people met and fell in love have interested Catron for a long time, and it is through these experiences and her own family history that she investigates what it might mean to project these myths onto our own relationships.
In 2015 Catron’s short essay ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This’ was published in the New York Times Modern Love column, describing what it was like to take a test with an acquaintance designed by a psychologist to create the perfect conditions for falling in love. Arthur Aron’s study originally asked pairs of heterosexual strangers to ask each other, and answer, 36 questions of increasing intimacy and record the results.
The book includes these questions, so you can take the test yourself with a willing partner. I enjoyed reflecting on my own experiences, prompted by the book’s considerate questions. We all experience love and attachments differently, but the idea of the love story endures.

No two persons ever read the same book.
Edmund Wilson

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Upcoming Events at New Edition

Leigh Straw Lillian Armfield Book Launch

Tuesday 27th March 6:00 pm


Join New Edition Bookshop at the historic National Hotel in celebrating the release of local author Leigh Straw’s new book, the biography “Lillian Armfield : How Australia’s First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force.” A fascinating glimpse into history!  

The National Hotel, 98 High Street (cnr South Terrace) 
Tuesday 27th March from 6pm 
Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event. A short introduction will be given by Dr. Straw, and an opportunity to have books signed afterward.

This launch is free to attend but please RSVP to or by calling the bookshop on (08) 9335 2382 to let us know if you would like to come. 

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