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  • A Week at the Airportby Alain De Botton

    McClelland & Stewart 2010; US$ 18.99

    The bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and The Art of Travel spends a week at an airport in a wittily intriguing meditation on the "non-place" that he believes is the centre of our civilization. In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton was invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever writer-in-residence.... more...

  • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Workby Alain De Botton

    McClelland & Stewart 2010; US$ 19.99

    From the international bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this lyrical, erudite look at our world of work. We spend most of our time at work, but what we do there rarely gets discussed in the sort of lyrical and descriptive prose our efforts surely deserve. Determined to correct this lapse,... more...

  • A Week at the Airportby Alain De Botton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    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 of the major crosscurrents... more...

  • The Architecture of Happinessby Alain De Botton

    McClelland & Stewart 2010; US$ 22.99

    Bestselling author Alain de Botton considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel, and how we could build dwellings in which we would stand a better chance of happiness. In this witty, erudite look at how we shape, and are shaped by, our surroundings, Alain de Botton applies Stendhal?s motto that ?Beauty is the promise of... more...

  • Religion for Atheistsby Alain De Botton

    McClelland & Stewart 2012; US$ 19.99

    From the author of The Architecture of Happiness , a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer.   Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent,... more...

  • Status Anxietyby Alain de Botton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. For the... more...

  • The Architecture of Happinessby Alain de Botton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; Not Available

    The Architecture of Happiness is Alain de Botton's exploration of the hidden links between buildings and our well being Bestselling author Alain de Botton has written about love, travel, status and how philosophy can console us. Now he turns his attention to one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their... more...

  • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Workby Alain de Botton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is Alain de Botton's lucid exploration of a subject key to most of our lives Why do so many of us love or hate our work? How has it come to dominate our lives? And what should we do about it? Work makes us. Without it we are at a loss; in work we hope to have a measure of control over our lives. Yet... more...

  • Religion for Atheistsby Alain de Botton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists looks at the God debate with fresh eyes All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton both rejects the supernatural claims of religion and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have... more...

  • How Proust Can Change Your Lifeby Alain De Botton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.00

    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 live life? Proust understood... more...