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A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary Paperback – 24 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846683599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683596
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You'll read this book with a wry smile. I love the way he sees the airport's security staff as 'like thriller writers ... paid to imagine life as a little more eventful than it customarily manages to be'. For his part, he gives meaning to things most people would see as meaningless - a very useful talent (William Leith Evening Standard)

Funny, charming and slender enough to pack in your carry-on... (Daily Mail)

Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny ... de Botton's most imaginative work yet (Spectator)

He makes a fine fist of pondering transient life in Terminal 5. (The Times)

Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic ... At de Botton's T5, banality and sublimity circle in a perpetual holding pattern (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

This is best read sitting in the afternoon sunlight with a glass of wine to add to the cumulative appreciation of this interesting and insightful book. (Canberra Times, Australia 2010-02-06)

Alain de Botton's amusing, small book should not be missed by people of the Third Age ... it's jolly, perceptive and human (Adelaide Review, Australia 2010-02-01)

I read Alain de Botton's A Week at the Airport with smiles of recognition, nods of approval and sighs of admiration. Most people can't wait to get away from airports. I'm very glad he stayed. (Michael Palin Guardian)

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An uplifting and unique journey through the days and nights of the UK's largest airport

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