Alain de Botton is a modern day writer and philosopher whose work emphasizes philosophical aspects of every day life.
Rather than offering self improvement tips, his books encourage readers to contemplate upon life's issues. His first book, "Essays In Love" has sold over two million copies and inspired a movie.
Alain de Botton has written several books, both fiction and non-fiction, including some best sellers.
|• "Essays on Love" was first published in 1993. In countries outside the
United States, the book was titled, "Essays in Love." It is available as a book
and audio book. This work by Alain de Botton is a unique philosophical study of
romantic love. It is written as a blend of fictional romance and non-fictional
reflection and analysis. In 2010, this book was adapted into the movie "My Last
Five Romances" by director Julian Kemp.
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|• "How Proust Can Change Your
Life" was published in 1997 and is available as a book and audio book. This
non-fiction work by Alain de Botton was a best seller in the UK and US. This is
one of the more unique self help books on the market as it is comprised of
philosophical reflections by Alain de Botton along with his analysis of the
massive book "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust. "In Search of Lost Time"
is one of the longest books in world literature and is said to have had a major
impact on the literary world. Alain de Botton shows readers how to apply
segments of the book to their personal lives in order to live more fully.
|• "The Consolations of Philosophy" was
published in 2000 and is available as a book and audio book. This
work was inspired by "Consolation
of Philosophy," a book by the ancient philosopher Boethius. In the book by
Boethius, philosophy appears to him as an allegorical figure. In the book by
Alain de Botton, philosophical insights are offered on various aspects of
everyday woes. These insights can be used as a type of self help advice and they
were inspired by writings of some of the great thinkers throughout history such
as Seneca, Nietzsche, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Epicurus, and Socrates.
|• "The Art of Travel" was published in 2004 and is
available as a Kindle ebook and book. In this work, Alain de
Botton considers the writings of some famous travelers such as
Wordsworth, Van Gogh, and Baudelaire. He also delves into the
psychology of travel such as how we anticipate the experience,
how we remember beautiful sights, the allure of exotic
locations, how magnificent sights affect us, and how the
mundane can hold meaning.
|• "Status Anxiety" was
published in 2005 and is available as an ebook, book, and
audio book. The self help advice in this book targets readers
who worry about what other people think of them. Alain de
Botton discuses how other people judge us and how it makes us
|• "The Architecture of Happiness" was published
in 2006 and is available as a book and audio book. In this
work, Alain de Botton takes a look at architecture and how it
influences individuals and societies, even though we are not
aware of it. He also describes how human traits are reflected
in the architecture we construct. Because of the success and
impact of this book, Alain de Botton was named as the
inspiration for a new architectural project called Living
Architecture in the UK and he was appointed a position as an
honorary fellow to the Royal Institute of British Architects.
|• "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work" was published in
2008 and is available as an audio book, ebook, and traditional
book. In this book, Alain de Botton turns his wit and wisdom
towards the work place and offers inspirational self help
advice to those seeking meaning from their jobs. He takes a
look at various jobs and analyzes what makes them fulfilling
|• "A Week At The Airport" was
published in 2009. This book came about when Alain de Botton
won a competition for writer-in-residence at the Heathrow
Airport. Along with a photographer, Alain de Botton spent a
week at a desk in Terminal 5. He wrote about the people he saw
coming and going over that time and compiled the stories into
a book complete with photographs.
|• "Religion for
Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion" was
published in 2012 and is available as a book, audio book, and ebook. Alain de Botton explains that even atheists can benefit
from the teachings based in religion even if they don't
believe in the supernatural stories. Rather than throwing out
the teachings and making belief an all-or-nothing situation,
Alain de Botton teaches important lessons can be learned about
building better relationships, communities, and individual
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