Furious Love, By Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

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Even if you thought the internationally celebrated pageantry across London's streets last Friday counted as the most signficant wedding of recent times, Elizabeth Taylor's love affair with Richard Burton was surely "The Marriage of the Century", as this book's sub-title would have it. Their tumultuous, on-off love story, with the obligatory sad ending, cannot disappoint hard-core fans.

This book brings together their love letters, which Taylor kept by her bedside until her death, when they were buried with her, and comes with a series of photographs of the stormiest and most beautiful of showbusiness couples. It is a mesmerising book for those with a fascination for the couple, or more generally, the destructive passion of love-hate relationships.