This has already been a bad  year for love and cracking one for fear. In the words of the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott in his writing about Democracy, “fear simplifies the emotional situation”. Rather than scuttling  into the shadows to the left or right, all I feel I can do is to try to think about it. With you.

The #LoveAmateurs campaign (tagline: How to get on with the people around us)  offers you this Book of Love.

Written by a group of bonafide amateurs, from how to love under capitalism to a rallying cry for flirting, this is Book of Love.

Think about it as a clumsy hug from someone you think is quite funny but a bit weird.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be offering selected ideas from the Book of Love and encouraging you to tell us what you know or what you want to know about love. Questions and ideas will then be discussed at an event on the 13th February at the Freud Museum in London.