Born in 1969, writer Alain de Botton moved to England with his family from Switzerland when he was eight years old. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he read History.
He is a frequent contributor to numerous newspapers, journals and magazines, and is a member of the Arts Council of England’s literature panel. He has published four novels, the latest of which is titled The Course of Love (2016). He is also the author of works of non-fiction, including the best-selling How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), an intriguing and original view of the French novelist’s life, work and influence that is at once an unlikely self-help guide and an introduction to one of the twentieth-century’s greatest writers. The Consolations of Philosophy (2000), a guide to philosophy for the general reader, was published to coincide with a television series which he also presented. The Art of Travel (2002) investigates the issues that lie behind our desire to travel, and the themes of Status Anxiety (2004), are also examined in a Channel 4 television series.
Alain de Botton lives in London. Recent books include The Architecture of Happiness (2006), which discusses beauty and and ugliness in architecture; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (2009); A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary (2009) an account of his time as Writer in Residence at Heathrow Airport; Religion for Atheists (2012); and Art as Therapy (2013). He has been involved in making a number of television documentaries, and helps to run a production company, Seneca Productions. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.