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Alain de Botton

The School of Life
  • The School of Life

    • Alain de Botton (Introducer)

    Introduced and edited by Alain de Botton, the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love - The School of Life is a comprehensive guide to the modern art of emotional intelligence

    Praise for Alain de Botton:

    'What he has managed to do is remarkable: to help us think better so that we may live better lives' Irish Times

    'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times

    'Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer

    What does it mean to live wisely and well in the twenty-first century? And how should we go about doing it?

    This is the question Alain de Botton's School of Life has been exploring for the past ten years. And the answer lies in emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving in the modern world.

    In The School of Life, de Botton introduces the gathered wisdom of ten years' innovative research and conversation, teaching and listening, about the nature and practice of emotional intelligence. Using the combination of social analysis, philosophical insight and practical wisdom which has come to define the School of Life's essential work, it works through five core areas - Self, Others, Relationships, Work and Culture - and shows how none of us will be perfect but each of us can be a little bit better.

    Rigorous and revelatory, humane and hopeful, Alain de Botton and his team of experts present The School of Life: a comprehensive guide to the modern art of emotional intelligence.

RELEASED 05/09/2019

Alain de Botton 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, The News: A User's Manual, and The Course of Love among many others. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture.