If you’ve ever been in love, had your heart broken, been in had a relationship, or yearned for one, this week’s episode is for you — in other words, if you’re a human, you’ll benefit from listening to the wise words of world-renowned philosopher and writer Alain de Botton. In his new novel, The Course of Love, he charts the complex and intricate course of a long-term relationship. What unfolds is a portrait of a marriage, with an added bonus — Botton’s insights (in the form of italicized notes) accompany the narrative. It’s bound to resonate with every single reader, and it will hopefully encourage understanding and compassion.
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Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.
Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.
Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was twenty-three.