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Alain de Botton

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in Zurich, Switzerland


Seneca, Marcel Proust, Montaigne, Stendhal, Gustave Flaubert

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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.

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"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

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“Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.”
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“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them.”
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“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.”
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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?

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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.

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