Our ReviewsEssays In Love by Alain de Botton

Essays In Love by Alain de Botton


I remember reading this book in the thick of the pandemic and it completely capturing a moment for me; it was just what I needed at the time — and I’ve never hesitated to recommend it since.

Part novel, part philosophy, it is entirely beautifully written because, well, it’s written by Alain de Botton and he puts sentences together like magic. There are parts that are heavy but also many that will make you laugh — really laugh. That’s what I love about it; it’s a rare and special blend of ingredients that make up a book that will get you thinking while you read — and for a good while after.

Essentially, it’s the story of a chance meeting on a plane. A man and a woman flying from Paris to London who start to chat — a chat that becomes the beginning of their love story. We follow them as they go, from the man’s perspective, and as we walk with them on their journey, the intricacies, complications, elation and heartbreak that constitute many a relationship are all presented for us to see.

I genuinely think that this book will resonate with every reader who picks it up. It conveys more than words, more than a story — it is more of a tender and real feeling and it’s one that I still get when I think about it now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ~ S 💓

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