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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