Alain de Botton.
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. The largest part of what we call 'personality' is determined by how we've opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness". Deals and Shenanigans. And yet, the novel manages to be touching whilst I love "On Love. All you need to know about your first love! The Good Book Guide Review In this book, published over twenty years ago, de Botton immediately engages us, as in a novel, with his account of meeting and falling in love with a young woman on a short flight from Paris to London.
Skip to content. Extract Buy from Amazon. Published in De Botton's ancestors include Abraham de Boton. De Botton attended the Dragon School where English became his primary language. He was later sent to board and study at Harrow School , a public school in England. He has often described his childhood as that of a shy child living in boarding schools.
This was followed by The Consolations of Philosophy in The title of the book is a reference to Boethius 's Consolation of Philosophy , in which philosophy appears as an allegorical figure to Boethius to console him in the period leading up to his impending execution.
In The Consolations of Philosophy , de Botton attempts to demonstrate how the teachings of philosophers such as Epicurus , Montaigne , Nietzsche , Schopenhauer , Seneca , and Socrates can be applied to modern everyday woes. The book has been both praised and criticized for its therapeutic approach to philosophy.
In , he published Status Anxiety. In The Architecture of Happiness  , he discusses the nature of beauty in architecture and how it is related to the well-being and general contentment of the individual and society.
He describes how architecture affects people every day, though people rarely pay particular attention to it. A good portion of the book discusses how human personality traits are reflected in architecture.
He defends Modernist architecture , and chastises the pseudo-vernacular architecture of housing, especially in the UK. It gives voice to aspirations and suggests possibilities.
The question isn't whether you'd actually like to live in a Le Corbusier home, but whether you'd like to be the kind of person who'd like to live in one. In The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ,  de Botton produced a survey of ten different jobs, including accountancy, rocket science and biscuit manufacture. The book, a piece of narrative non-fiction, includes two hundred original images and aims to unlock the beauty, interest and occasional horror of the modern world of work.
After a negative review of the book by New York Times critic Caleb Crain , de Botton posted a scathing ad hominem attack against Crain. In August , de Botton applied to a competition advertised among British literary agents by BAA , the airport management company, for the post of "writer-in-residence" at Heathrow Airport. The post involved being seated at a desk in Terminal 5, and writing about the comings and goings of passengers over a week.
De Botton was duly appointed to the position. The book features photographs by the documentary photographer Richard Baker, with whom de Botton also worked on The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. In January , de Botton published Religion for Atheists , about the benefits of religions for those who do not believe in them. De Botton put it: "It's clear to me that religions are in the end too complex, interesting and on occasion wise to be abandoned simply to those who believe in them".
Art as Therapy argues that certain great works of art "offer clues on managing the tensions and confusions of everyday life".
In February , de Botton published his fourteenth book, a title called " The News: A User's Manual ", a study of the effects of the news on modern mentality, viewed through the prism of 25 news stories, culled from a variety of sources, which de Botton analyses in detail. The book delved with more rigour into de Botton's analyses of the modern media which appeared in Status Anxiety. De Botton used to write articles for several English newspapers, and from to , wrote a regular column for The Independent on Sunday.
De Botton travels extensively to lecture. He has his own production company, Seneca Productions, which makes television documentaries based upon his works. De Botton has written in a variety of formats to mixed response. Positive reviews of his books attest that he has made literature, philosophy and art more accessible to a wider audience. Negative reviews allege that de Botton tends to state the obvious   and have characterized some of his books as pompous and lacking focus.
Essays in Love is a novel about two young people, who meet on an airplane between London and Paris and rapidly fall in love. The structure of the story isn't . Essays in Love, Alain de Botton Alain de Botton, is a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes.
So I think where people tend to end up results from a combination of encouragement, accident, and lucky break, etc. Like many others, my career happened like it did because certain doors opened and certain doors closed. You know, at a certain point I thought it would be great to make film documentaries. In another age, I might have been an academic in a university, if the university system had been different. So it's all about trying to find the best fit between your talents and what the world can offer at that point in time. In an interview with Metkere. The idea is to challenge traditional universities and reorganise knowledge, directing it towards life, and away from knowledge for its own sake.
In May , de Botton launched a project called "Living Architecture"  —which builds holiday rental houses in the UK using leading contemporary architects.
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.