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Alain De Botton

Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction works on subjects ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His most recent work, The News: A User's Manual, will be released by Pantheon Books in February of 2014. His best-selling books include How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London, where he founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).

Alain de Botton is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at speakers@penguinrandomhouse.com or visit www.prhspeakers.com.

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The Architecture of Happiness
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2008
$19.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27724-4 (0-307-27724-0)

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated 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... Read more

The Art of Travel
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72534-0 (0-375-72534-2)

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the... Read more

The Consolations of Philosophy
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2001
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-77917-9 (0-679-77917-5)

From the internationally heralded author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles.

Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. The... Read more

How Proust Can Change Your Life
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1998
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-77915-5 (0-679-77915-9)

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres--literary biography and self-help manual--in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.

Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to... Read more

The News: A User's Manual
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2014
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47683-8 (0-307-47683-9)

The News: A User’s Manual is an insightful analysis of the impact of the incessant news machine on us and our culture.
   The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never taught how to make sense...

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2010
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27725-1 (0-307-27725-9)

We spend most of our waking lives at work—in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the... Read more

Religion for Atheists
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2013
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47682-1 (0-307-47682-0)

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion—without having to believe in any of it.

He suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the...

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Status Anxiety
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72535-7 (0-375-72535-0)

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 new 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... Read more

A Week at the Airport
Written by Alain De Botton
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-73967-4 (0-307-73967-8)

From the bestselling author of The Art of Travel comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization.

Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many... Read more