30 Books Recommended by Alain de Botton


Alain de Botton(born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss-born British author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy’s relevance to everyday life. He published Essays in Love (1993), which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), Status Anxiety (2004) and The Architecture of Happiness (2006).

He co-founded The School of Life in 2008 and Living Architecture in 2009. In 2015, he was awarded “The Fellowship of Schopenhauer”, an annual writers award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work.

  1. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes


2. A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes


3. An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin


4. Art and Illusion: A Study In the Psychology of Pictorial Representation by E.H. Gombrich


5. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography by Roland Barthes


6. Deceit, Desire, and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure by René Girard


7. Elements of Drawing by John Ruskin


8. Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer


9. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes


10. Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Nietzsche


11. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami


12. Platform: A Novel by Michel Houellebecq


13. Praeterita by John Ruskin


14. Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3: The Captive; The Fugitive; Time Regained by Marcel Proust


15. S/Z: An Essay by Roland Barthes


16. Selected Writings by John Ruskin


17. The Americans by Robert Frank


18. The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne


19. The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy


20. The Death of the Moth and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf


21. The Invention of Solitude (25th Anniversary Edition) by Paul Auster


22. The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life by Jean F. Revel


23. The Needs of Strangers by Michael Ignatieff


24. The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer


25. The Seven Lamps of Architecture by John Ruskin


26. The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin


27. The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus by Cyril Connolly


28. U and I: A True Story by Nicholson Baker


29. What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question by Po Bronson


30. Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer


Source: http://www.strandbooks.com

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