The iconic artwork of Mills and Boon

Friday 14 August 2009 12:50 BST

Romantic fiction market-leader Mills & Boon has recently re-designed its book covers to produce a new look which is a little more modern and - dare we say it - sexy.

For many, though, the face of slushy fiction is still the old drawings of swooning heroines and granite-jawed heroes, which reached their peak with the big-haired, wide-lapelled 1970s designs – many of which feature in fashion guru Paul Smith’s personal artwork collection.

Click on the image or here to launch our gallery of iconic Mills and Boon artwork

The 100 year-old brand,sells over 200 million books every year, one every three seconds in the UK. In the past 50 years alone, Mills & Boon characters have shared 10,325 weddings, 29,500 kisses and 35,250 embraces.

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