'Vita Nuova' (which means 'new life') is one of Dante's earliest major works. This prose translation by Professor Mark Musa is easy to read, yet accurate and not lacking any rigour. The poet (Dante) describes how he falls in love with this most charming lady, Beatrice, and how he finally gets over her death. The introduction at the beginning of the book illustrates how Dante has meticulously planned the structure of 'Vita Nuovo', and the importance of the number nine and its sole root, three, which is the number of the Christian holy Trinity. Contrary to troubadour love, Dante convincingly reconciles love for a woman and love for God. Read this if you find 'The Divine Comedy' too long to start with, but you'll soon discover that you'll need to purchase the latter, available at Amazon.co.uk, too! It is no wonder that Dante (or more accurately, his works) has been termed the 'fifth Gospel'. A must-read for all, Christians and non-Christians alike.