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  • Published: 26 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241972694
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99

The News

A User's Manual




Our lives are saturated with news. But how does it affect us? And how should we read it?

Today, the news occupies the same dominant position in our lives as religion once did. But rarely do we consider how it touches us. Here, Alain de Botton examines a number of archetypal news stories - a plane crash, a murder, a political scandal, a celebrity interview - from a fresh perspective to ask intriguing questions: why do disaster stories titillate? why obsess over love lives of the famous? why smile when a politician falls from grace? In so doing, he brings clear sight and understanding to a force which, above all others, informs our view of reality.

  • Published: 26 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241972694
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Alain De Botton

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. 

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