Alain de Botton

#31 most followed

3,050 books | 2,574 friends

Laura Lee
997 books | 199 friends

Avnish K.
186 books | 37 friends

Martin ...
396 books | 1,684 friends

1,333 books | 1,786 friends

Cheryl ...
5,534 books | 1,408 friends

Weng Ca...
1,126 books | 252 friends

737 books | 5,001 friends

More friends…

Alain de Botton

Goodreads Author


in Zurich, Switzerland



Seneca, Marcel Proust, Montaigne, Stendhal, Gustave Flaubert

member since
June 2007

About this author

Alain de Botton is a writer and television producer who lives in London and aims to make philosophy relevant to everyday life. He can be contacted by email directly via

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.

* Essays

Average rating: 3.79 · 58,959 ratings · 5,075 reviews · 36 distinct works · Similar authors
The Art of Travel
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 10,460 ratings — published 2002 — 42 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Consolations of Philosophy
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 8,349 ratings — published 2000 — 59 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
How Proust Can Change Your ...
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,819 ratings — published 1997 — 58 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
On Love
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 7,784 ratings — published 1993 — 61 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Status Anxiety
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,154 ratings — published 2004 — 41 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Architecture of Happiness
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 4,862 ratings — published 2006 — 39 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Religion for Atheists: A No...
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 4,943 ratings — published 2011 — 44 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Pleasures and Sorrows o...
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 3,069 ratings — published 2008 — 37 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Week at the Airport: A He...
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 2,169 ratings — published 2009 — 24 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Romantic Movement: Sex,...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,229 ratings — published 1988 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Alain de Botton…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.


February 2010, Alain de Botton
"Adolescents who can't get a date are in a uniquely privileged position: They will have the perfect chance to get grounding in world literature. There is perhaps an important connection between love and reading, there is perhaps a comparable pleasure offered by both." ...More

more interviews »

Alain's Recent Updates

Alain de Botton is now friends with Ralph Grayden
Alain de Botton made a comment in the group Alain de BottonQuestion to Alain de Botton topic
" I think one can drop in that people now communicate in new ways without that necessarily unbalancing everything: ie. when the telephone was invented, ...more "
Alain de Botton made a comment in the group Alain de BottonAre you teaching these days? topic
" I started off writing books because it was the cheapest and easiest option. All i needed was a desk and a computer. I despaired of being able to be 'm ...more "
Alain de Botton made a comment in the group Alain de BottonOn Writing topic
" I'm delighted. To answer you honestly, I sometimes don't deal with the difficulties of the writing life well. It is incredibly risky, lonely and frigh ...more "
" Thanks so much - yes, that continues to be my dream, to be the writer-in-flight.
If anyone knows the CEO of British Airways or American Airlines...
Alain de Botton made a comment in the group Alain de BottonA Week at the Airport topic
" Judy wrote: "Dear Alain

I specially liked your comments on baggage, those who wait at the carousels and the scene in the arrivals hall with "chiefs of
...more "
Alain de Botton joined the group Alain de Botton
An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin
Rate this book
Clear rating
Deceit, Desire and the Novel by René Girard
Rate this book
Clear rating
What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Alain's books…
“Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.”
Alain de Botton

“One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy.”
Alain de Botton

“The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.”
Alain de Botton


Alain de Botton is writing A Week At The Airport A Heathrow Diary live at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport the week of August 17, 2009. What do you think?

  79 votes, 70.5%

Silly airport publicity stunt
  15 votes, 13.4%

Something else (tell us in comments!)
  10 votes, 8.9%

  8 votes, 7.1%


Topics Mentioning This Author

38492 Alain de Botton — 149 members — last activity Oct 27, 2010 02:00PM
A chance to discuss the work of Alain de Botton, especially the latest title, A Week at the Airport. Dates, October 18-24 ...more

Comments (showing 1-2)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 2: by Laura

Laura Lee Thank you for accepting my friendship. That you have written so many insightful books and you are my age is a constant source depresses me to no end.

message 1: by Iris

Iris Félicitations - what a tantalizing review of your new book in the Economist. Subtil plaisir que celui de l'attente de cette lectrice américaine pour la sortie du livre ici aux Etats-Unis.

back to top