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About Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.
Latest Posts | By Alain de Botton
The Holidays When You’re Feeling Mentally Unwell
3 months ago

The Holidays When You’re Feeling Mentally Unwell

For those of us who feel at the mentally fragile end of things, and are sometimes plain unwell in our minds, the prospect of the holidays poses particular challenges.

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Why Pessimism Is the Key to Good Government
2 years ago

Why Pessimism Is the Key to Good Government

It might be normal to imagine that a good society would be one in which a majority of people held optimistic views about themselves, their fellow citizens and their prospects …
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Food as Therapy
3 years ago

Food as Therapy

AT THE MOMENT, food is highly prestigious. A vast amount of attention is paid to celebrity chefs, dietary advice, new restaurants, and cooking shows. We have, it seems, become collectively …
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Have you ever …?
4 years ago

Have you ever …?

We’re continually being bombarded with suggestions about what we might do (go jet skiing, study in Colorado, visit the Maldives or see the Pyramids). We’re always hearing of the amazing …
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