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Alain de Botton is a Swiss author and philosopher. He was born in Zurich in 1969, though was sent to boarding school in England. He studied history and philosophy at Cambridge University and University of London.

De Botton’s first novel was published in 1993. The book utilized an unusual combination of storytelling and analysis. It was adapted for film in 2010 and released under the name My Last Five Girlfriends. This was followed by two additional novels, The Romantic Movement, published in 1994, and Kiss and Tell, published in 1995.

In 1997, de Botton published his best-selling How Proust Can Change Your Life. His first non-fiction book, it was a combination of literary analysis and self-help style book. In 2000, he took a similar approach in his next nonfiction book, The Consolations of Philosophy. In this book, he showed how the teachings of various philosophers could be applied to modern life. It was adapted for television in the UK by Channel 4.

De Botton has also written two books about travel, The Art of Travel and A Week at the Airport. The former was a look at the psychology of travel, while the latter was the result of his time as Heathrow Airport’s first writer in residence.

Having published eleven books, de Botton’s influence has reached beyond literature. In 2008, he launched The School of Life. The following year, he was involved in a project called Living Architecture. This, along with his 2006 book, The Architecture of Happiness, resulted in his appointment as an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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