38 Books Recommended by Alain de Botton


  1. Collected Poems — W H Auden
  2. The Common Reader — Virginia Woolf
  3. The Death of the Moth — Virginia Woolf
  4. An Intimate History of Humanity — Theodor Zeldin
  5. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love — Sue Johnson
  6. Love — Stendhal
  7. Civilization and Its Discontents — Sigmund Freud
  8. On Sexuality: Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality and Other Works — Sigmund Freud
  9. A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments — Roland Barthes
  10. Mythologies — Roland Barthes
  11. Couch Fiction — Philippa Perry
  12. Collected Poems — Philip Larkin
  13. Pensees — Pascal
  14. They F You Up — Oliver James
  15. U and I: A True Story — Nicholas Baker
  16. The Art of the Novel — Milan Kundera
  17. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  18. Essays — Michel de Montaigne
  19. Meditations — Marcus Aurelius
  20. Days of Reading — Marcel Proust
  21. The Death of Ivan Illych — Leo Tolstoy
  22. Collected Maxims and Other Reflections — La Rochefoucauld
  23. Unto This Last and Other Writings — John Ruskin
  24. Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals — John Gray
  25. Ways of Seeing — John Berger
  26. Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy — John Armstrong
  27. How to Worry Less About Money — John Armstrong
  28. Sorrows of Young Werther — Johann Wolfgange Von Gothe
  29. The Social Contract — Jean Jacques Rousseau
  30. Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert
  31. Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits — Friedrich Nietzsche
  32. Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation — Ernst Gombrich
  33. Home Is Where We Start From: Essays by a Psychoanalyst — D.W. Winnicott
  34. The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus — Cyril Connolly
  35. A Scattering — Christopher Reid
  36. The Conquest of Happiness — Bertrand Russell
  37. On the Wisdom of Life — Arthur Schopenhauer
  38. The Wealth of Nations — Adam Smith

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