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One of our most consistently illuminating writers on contemporary culture (John Gray New Statesman)
De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1969. He is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, How to Think More About Sex, Art as Therapy, and The News: A User's Manual. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries; he lives in London where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture. Alain de Botton's first novel in nearly two decades, The Course of Love, will be published in April 2016.
This book is shallow and patronising. It's also very padded out, there's about 100 pages worth of actual text. Not worth buyingPublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not as cohesive as his other books. Some good points made and it did cause me to think about the news I consume and how I consume it but overall this could have been better.Published 2 months ago by L. Clare-Panton
Happy to have received a signed copy and just within a few days!Published 5 months ago by brilliantb00ks
It's been a rather long time that I read a book which so utterly surprised me. Alain de Botton's reflections on news are fascinating, really very deep and eloquently expressed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marc
Every journalist & would-be journalist should possess a copy of this book.Published 12 months ago by Noel Lynam
A disappointing book which concentrates on basically stating the obvious and patronising the reader. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nikki
I like de Botton's books and this is no exception. However, it is a bit thin - ie it has one or two strong ideas, but they could probably have been dealt with in a long magazine... Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. McLean
What starts off as an attempt to point out the ridiculous and sometimes disturbing reliance on and interest in the News, descends into an unbalanced and rather paternalistic essay. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rob Botting