For some reason The Idea of Love, Louise Dean’s penultimate book, was not correctly laid on our desk by the Collector who is supposed to see that we get any Louise Dean immediately upon receipt and we didn’t get to it until it had been on the shelves for months and had been through the hands of several discerning members, but we spotted The Old Romantic, which is the ultimate Dean, coming out of the box and did not wait for the sluggish and forgetful Collector to do his duty, we snagged it on the spot. The Idea of Love is quite good – it’s Louise Dean, after all – but The Old Romantic is beyond good, being one of those rare books that seems more real than whatever it is you are doing when you’re not reading it which is all you want to do. What’s it about? Do we have to tell you? Our plot summaries drive people in the wrong direction. We will tell you that there is an awful father and there are people who are more like you than you think possible, especially since they are English.