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Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. It's a style of writing that has been termed a 'philosophy of everyday life.'

His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love. The style of the book was unusual, because it mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non-fiction. It's a book of which many readers are still fondest.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Alain de Botton

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
The Course of Love
Alain de Botton
This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-romantic. It is a love story for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2017
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
The Course of Love
Alain de Botton
From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Essays In Love by Alain de Botton
Essays In Love
Alain de Botton
The classic book on love by the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Alain de Botton
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing peculiar doctrines or doing away with consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last Alain de...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2012
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton
November 2011 Guest Editor Victoria Hislop selects The Art of Travel... Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel is a favourite work of non-fiction and only one of several brilliant books by de Botton. His gift, in my view,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/05/2003

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