Joyoti Bondi Romance? Political convictions aimed at transforming the world, correcting social injustice and challenging cultural imperialism are romantic in my book, and this book's based on them - but with a light touch and a sense of irony and affectionate distance that makes the characters' motivations absolutely human and believable. I've only just started the book and there's already a lot of love and affection which contextualises the global political backdrop and the clubby national political scene in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. There is romance in Felix's relationship with his wife - he adores her in a wonderfully self-depracating way that is stunned and amazed by her tolerance of his unreliability - and with the woman he idolised at university and who is now a central player in the intrigue at the heart of the plot. I'm loving it, does that count as romance too?
Stef Rozitis define romance. There's a cameo by Moore's wife which is sort of romantic. There's a teenage relationship which has romantic moments (and the relationship turns out to be long-lived). None of that is the main point of the book but it is there