Alain de Botton - Author

About the Author

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 by Alain de Botton

The Course of Love

The Course of Love

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?

The Course of Love

The Course of Love

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2016

Twenty years after his bestselling debut Essays in Love, internationally acclaimed author Alain de Botton returns to fiction with a brilliant new novel about modern relationships What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.

Essays In Love

Essays In Love

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved. A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.

Other books by Alain de Botton

Hogyan gondolkodjunk maskepp a szexrol?

Hogyan gondolkodjunk maskepp a szexrol?

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2018

A legtobb embernek meg felnottkent is nehezseget okoz, hogy oszinten beszeljen vagyairol, azok szama pedig elenyeszo, akik ugy erzik, hogy a szexszel kapcsolatos gondolataik normalisak"e; lennenek. Szeretet es vagy, kaland es elkotelezettseg kozott lavirozva, buntudattal telve eljuk mindennapjainkat. Mindannyian deviansak vagyunk, igaz, csak a normalitas valami roppant torz eszmenyehez viszonyitva"e; - allitja vigasztaloan Alain de Botton. Oszinte hangvetelu konyveben olyan kenyes temakat feszeget, mint a fetisizmus, a [...]

How to Take Your Time

How to Take Your Time

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2017

Curiously practicalthis no-nonsense blend of literary biography and self-help unravels how interesting life can be if only you could resist the impulse to rush through the mundane rituals of modern life. Every morning, Marcel Proust sipped his two cups of strong coffee with milk, ate a croissant from one boulangerie, dunking it in his coffee as he slowly read the day's paper with great careporing over each headline and section. Only Alain de Botton could have pulled so many useful insights from the oeuvre of one the world's greatest literary masters. Fascinating and vital, How to Take Your Timewill urge you to find the wisdom in defying ';the self-satisfaction felt by ';busy' menhowever idiotic their businessat ';not having time' to do what you are doing.'A Vintage Shorts Wellness selection. An ebook short.

The Course of Love

The Course of Love

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?

Der Lauf der Liebe

Der Lauf der Liebe

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2016

Ein fesselndes Pladoyer fur das WAGNIS DER LIEBE. Am Anfang ist jede Liebe leicht. Wie aber geht es mit ihr weiter? Wie gelingt es, zu zweit das Gluck zu finden? In seinem neuen Roman durchleuchtet Alain de Botton gnadenlos, aber einfuhlsam die Liebesgeschichte von Rabih und Kirsten. Die Wahl der Ikea-Glaser, das Kennenlernen der Schwiegereltern, die Frage, ob die Butter tatsachlich im Kuhlschrank stehen soll - all das gibt Anlass fur die groten Dramen. Und so wie de Botton mit seinem beruhmten Scharfblick erzahlt, erkennen wir jene Strukturen der Liebe, die uns allen gleichermaen Gluck und Leid bereiten.

Die Freuden der Langeweile

Die Freuden der Langeweile

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2016

Alain de Botton lesen heit GLUCK TANKEN. Alain de Botton ist dafur beruhmt, unseren Blick fur die vermeintlich belanglosen Dinge des Lebens neu und unerwartet zu offnen, mit seinen Augen sehen wir, was uns zuvor nie aufgefallen ist. So begeistert er uns in seinen Essays fur den Charme der Langeweile, fuhrt uns auf uberraschenden Wegen durch den Zoo, erzahlt, was auf einer Fahrt zum Flughafen so alles passiert: Alain de Bottons groe Kunst ist es, allem Unbedeutenden eine verzaubernde Bedeutung abzugewinnen. Und so gehen wir nach der Lekture seiner Texte um eine Erfahrung reicher zuruck in unseren Alltag.

Course of Love

Course of Love

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Bottons name in the mid-1990s.love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page. The New York Times The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Bottons essay Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the #1 most emailed article for days.We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have childrenbut no long-term relationship is as simple as happily ever after. The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophyan annotation and a guide to what we are reading. This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experiencefictional, philosophical, psychologicalthat urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.

Die Nachrichten

Die Nachrichten

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2015

Die ultimative Gebrauchsanweisung fur NachrichtenjunkiesDie Medien sind allgegenwartig. Uberall prasentieren uns Bildschirme eine neue Gegenwart, fordern standig unsere Aufmerksamkeit. Sind wir einmal auer Sichtweite, zucken wir das Smartphone, damit uns nichts entgeht. Aber diese Nachrichtenflut laugt uns aus, am Ende wissen wir alles und nichts und haben jede Orientierung verloren.Mit einem Buch, das Augen offnet und Konfrontationen auslost, zeigt uns Alain de Botton anhand von 25 alltaglichen Nachrichten, wie diese unseren Kopf besetzen - und was wir dagegen tun konnen.

The News A User's Manual

The News A User's Manual

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

The News is Alain de Botton's witty and insightful exploration of our twenty-first century obsession with media. Why do we keep checking the news? Today, the news occupies the same dominant position in our lives as religion once did. But rarely do we consider how it touches us. Here, Alain de Botton examines a number of archetypal news stories - a plane crash, a murder, a political scandal, a celebrity interview - from a fresh perspective to ask intriguing questions: why do disaster stories titillate? why obsess over love lives of the famous? why smile when a politician falls from grace? In so doing, he brings clear sight and understanding to a force which, above all others, informs our view of reality. 'Like all classic de Botton, there are plenty of insightful observations here, peppered with some psychology, a dash of philosophy, a big dollop of commonsense' Scotsman 'De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things' The Times 'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position' Daily Mail

Essays In Love

Essays In Love

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved. A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.

The News A User's Manual

The News A User's Manual

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2014

Alain de Botton explores our relationship with 'the news' in this book full of his trademark wit and wisdom. Following on from his bestselling Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton turns now to look at the manic and peculiar positions that 'the news' occupies in our lives. We invest it with an authority and importance which used to be the preserve of religion - but what does it do for us? Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, de Botton offers a brilliant illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the 'noise' it generates. Witty and global in reach, The News will ensure you'll never look at reports of a celebrity story or political scandal in quite the same way again. 'One of our most consistently illuminating writers on contemporary culture' John Gray, New Statesman Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Religion for Atheists, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.

The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

The Architecture of Happiness is Alain de Botton's exploration of the hidden links between buildings and our well being. In The Architecture of Happiness, bestselling author Alain de Botton explores one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their furnishings. He asks: What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved? To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights. The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home. 'Engaging and intelligent . . . full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed' Independent

Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy

Author: Alain de Botton, Dr. John Armstrong, The School of Life Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

There is widespread agreement that art is 'very important' - but it can be remarkably hard to say quite why. Yet if art is to enjoy its privileges, it has to be able to demonstrate its relevance in understandable ways to the widest possible audience. Alain de Botton and John Armstrong have a firm belief that art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas, asking: What can I do about the difficulties in my relationships? Why is my work not more satisfying? Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life? Why is politics so depressing? The purpose of this book is to introduce a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy. It's the authors' contention that certain art works provide powerful solutions to our problems, but that in order for this potential to be released, the audience's attention has to be directed towards it in a new way (which they demonstrate), rather than towards the more normal historical or stylistic concerns with which art books and museum captions are traditionally associated. The authors propose that the squeamish belief that art should be 'for art's sake' has unnecessarily held back art from revealing its latent therapeutic potential. This book involves reframing and recontextualising a series of art works from across the ages and genres, so that they can be approached as tools for the resolution of difficult issues in individual life.

Trost der Philosophie

Trost der Philosophie

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2013

Ungeliebt? Geldsorgen? Frust? ? Liebeskummer? Ihnen kann geholfen werden! Geistreich und originell untersucht Alain de Botton, welche Trostungen die groen Philosophen fur die Lebensprobleme moderner Zeitgenossen bereithalten: Was raten uns Sokrates, Epikur, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer und Nietzsche, wenn man sie, ihr Leben und Werk befragt? Mit erzahlerischer Verve und bestechendem Witz untersucht Alain de Botton den Nutzen der Philosophie fur das Leben - eine Einladung, ein Kompendium, eine Denkreise.

Airport

Airport

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 09/05/2013

Flughafen sind die Kathedralen unserer Gegenwart. Nachts sind die erleuchteten Landebahnen selbst vom Weltall aus zu sehen. Ihre Terminals sind Orte von Abschied und Ankunft, ihre Besucher traumen von Ferne, und jeder Luxus scheint duty free.Alain de Botton lebte als erste writer in residence eine Woche lang in London Heathrow. Doch in Terminal 5 entdeckte er weniger Warten und Transit, als ein Brennglas unserer Gegenwart. In unzahligen Geschichten und Begegnungen entwickelt er das rasende Standbild unseres Lebens, ein leuchtendes Kapitel seiner Philosophie des Alltags. Eine Woche Heathrow - die Sehnsucht des Reisens und das Gluck der Ankunft

Religion for Atheists A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion

Religion for Atheists A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists looks at the God debate with fresh eyes All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton both rejects the supernatural claims of the major religions and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have about how we should live. And he suggests that non-believers can learn and steal from them. Picking and choosing from the thousands of years of advice assembled by the world's great religions, Alain de Botton presents a range of fascinating ideas and practical insights on art, community, love, friendship, work, life and death. He shows how they can be of use to us all, irrespective of whether we do or don't believe. In the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton takes us one step further than Dawkins and Hitchens have ventured and into a world of ideas beyond the God debate... 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'A beautiful, inspiring book . . . offering a glimpse of a more enlightened path' Sunday Telegraph 'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent 'Smart, stimulating, sensitive. A timely and perceptive appreciation of how much wisdom is embodied in religious traditions and how we godless moderns might learn from it' Financial Times 'There isn't a page in this book that doesn't contain a striking idea or a stimulating parallel' Mail on Sunday 'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent

How to Think More About Sex

How to Think More About Sex

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 24/12/2012

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "e;DAMNABLY CUTE."e; WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE. We don't think too much about sex; we're merely thinking about it in the wrong way. So asserts Alain de Botton in this rigorous and supremely honest book designed to help us navigate the intimate and exciting---yet often confusing and difficult---experience that is sex. Few of us tend to feel we're entirely normal when it comes to sex, and what we're supposed to be feeling rarely matches up with the reality. This book argues that twenty-first-century sex is ultimately fated to be a balancing act between love and desire, and adventure and commitment. Covering topics that include lust, fetishism, adultery, and pornography, Alain de Botton frankly articulates the dilemmas of modern sexuality, offering insights and consolation to help us think more deeply and wisely about the sex we are, or aren't, having.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/03/2010

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is Alain de Botton's lucid exploration of a subject key to most of our lives. Why do so many of us love or hate our work? How has it come to dominate our lives? And what should we do about it? Work makes us. Without it we are at a loss; in work we hope to have a measure of control over our lives. Yet for many of us, work is a straitjacket from which we cannot free ourselves. Criss-crossing the world to visit workplaces and workers both ordinary and extraordinary, and drawing on the wit and wisdom of great artists, writers and thinkers, Alain de Botton here explores our love-hate relationship with our jobs. He poses and answers little and big questions: from what should I do with my life? to what will I have achieved when I retire? The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work will not only explain why it is we do what we do all day, but its sympathy, humour and insight seeks to help us make the most of it. 'De Botton's wit and powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book. The workplace brings out the best in his writing' Sunday Times 'Timely, wonderfully readable. De Botton has pretty much got to the bottom of the subject' Spectator 'Terribly funny, touches us all' Daily Mail 'Brilliant, enormously engaging' Guardian

A Week at the Airport A Heathrow Diary

A Week at the Airport A Heathrow Diary

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2009

In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton will be invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever Writer in Residence. He will be installed in the middle of Terminal 5 on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens, enabling passengers to see what he is writing and to come and share their stories. He will meet travellers from around the world, and will be given unprecedented access to wander the airport and speak with everyone from window cleaners and baggage handlers to air traffic controllers and cabin crew. Working with the renowned documentary photographer Richard Baker, de Botton will produce an extraordinary meditation upon the nature of place, time, and our daily lives. He will explore the magical and the mundane, personal and collective experiences and the interactions of travellers and workers all over this familiar but mysterious site. Like all airports, Heathrow (the 15th century village of Heath Row lies beneath the short stay car park) is a 'non-place' that we by definition want to leave, but it also provides a window into many worlds - through the thousands of people it dispatches every day. A Week at the Airport is sure to delight de Botton's large following, and anyone interested in the stories behind the way we live.

Architecture of Happiness

Architecture of Happiness

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2009

The Architecture of Happiness is a dazzling journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations. One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet, a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential. Whereas many architects are wary of openly discussing the word beauty, this book has at its center the large and naive question: What is a beautiful building?

Consolations of Philosophy

Consolations of Philosophy

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: he has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems. From the frustration of misplacing your keys to the sadness of losing a loved one, the writings of Seneca can offer consolation. For the agony of not having enough money, Epicurus has a solution that everyone can afford. If your life is beset by difficulty after difficulty, wise advice may be found in the words of Nietzsche. The Consolations of Philosophy is smart, lucid, and pleasing, a rare sort of book that wonderfully fulfills the promise of its title.

Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

Author: Alain de Botton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

Anyone who's ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor's Lexus had better read Alain de Botton's irresistibly clear-headed book-immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. "e;Every adult life could be said to be defined by two great love stories. The first-the story of our quest for sexual love-is well known and well charted...The second-the story of our quest for love from the world-is a more secret and shameful tale. And yet this second love story is no less intense than the first."e; This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Bestselling author Alain de Botton asks-with lucidity and charm-where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them. With the help of philosophers, artists, and writers, he examines the origins of status anxiety before revealing ingenious ways in which people have been able to overcome their worries in the search for happiness. We learn about sandal-less philosophers and topless bohemians, about the benefits of putting skulls on our sideboards, and about looking at ancient ruins. The result is a book that is not only highly entertaining and thought-provoking but genuinely wise and helpful, too.

Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/01/2005

In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change. We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well. 'Clever, wise. De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things' The Times 'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position' Daily Mail 'Measured, amused, compassionate . . . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well known quote' Daily Telegraph 'A purveyor of serious buy playful manuals for living' GQ 'Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness' Daily Express

The Consolations of Philosophy

The Consolations of Philosophy

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2001

The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to life. Alain de Botton, bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on some of the things that bother us all: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety; the fear of failure and the pressure to conform. 'Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives' Independent 'No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker . . . A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation' John Banville, Irish Times 'Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining . . . an ingenious, imaginative book' Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times 'Witty, thoughtful, entertaining . . . a stylish book, which manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant' Anthony Clare, Literary Review 'Gentle, helpful and humane . . . De Botton's instinct is surely right: if we are to bring philosophy to life we should look again at those thinkers who have sought to be not clever or paradoxical, but simply wise' Roger Scruton, Mail on Sunday

How Proust Can Change Your Life

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/1998

`What a marvellous book this is . . . de Botton dissects what [Proust] had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary. The result is an intoxicating as it is wise, amusing as well as stimulating, and presented in so fresh a fashion as to be unique . . . I could not stop, and now much start all over again.' Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday `De Botton not only has a complete understanding of Proust's life . . . but what is particularly charming about this small, readable book is its tongue-in-cheek benignity, its lightly held erudition and its generous way of lending itself to what is not only the greatest book of the century but also the darkest and the most eccentric' Edmund White, Observer `It contains more human interest and play of fancy than most fiction . . . de Botton, in emphasizing Proust's healing, advisory aspects, does us the service of rereading him on our behalf, providing of that vast sacred lake a sweet and lucid distillation.' John Updike, New Yorker `De Botton's little book is so charming, amusing and sensible that it may even itself change your life.' Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph `This engaging book is one of the most entertaining pieces of literary criticism I have read in a long while.' Sunday Telegraph `A very enjoyable book' Sebastian Faulks

The Romantic Movement

The Romantic Movement

Author: Alain de Botton Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/1995

The Romantic Movement is the story of its beguiling heroine Alice and her quest for love, cataloguing the progress of her affair with Eric in all its thrills and pitfalls. Delightfully funny as well as moving, the novel elaborates on the psychology of men and women in love, posing and answering a hot of questions from 'How does one come to know one's partner' to 'What is the link between love, sex and shopping?' 'Alain de Botton is a marvellous writer, and his novels are bliss to read if, like me, you are fascinated by what couples are like when they are alone together, and what is really going on in their minds' Ysenda Maxton Graham, Evening Standard 'It takes a most accomplished novelist to take the prosaic, ordinary routines of an unexceptional love affair and transform them into an exquisitely written and learned study of love in the real world. But this is what Alain de Botton has done ...This novel is nothing less than a guide to the lies, truths, and foibles of modern love' Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Times 'His books are original hybrids, part novel, part philosophical reverie. They are solemn, ridiculous, charming and funny' Kate Kellaway, Observer

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