• Alain de Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live

    Jeanette Winterson
  • Curious, humorous and dazzling... It contains more human interest than most fiction

    John Updike on 'How Proust Can Change Your Life'
  • His prose is lovely: clear, gently persuasive, light of touch

    Observer on Religion for Atheists
  • Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence

    Observer on The Architecture of Happiness