The News A User’s Manual

Alain De Botton

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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER

From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life – an accessible and eye-opening exploration of our relationship with ‘the news’

‘His gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things’ The Times

‘De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief’ Daily Mail

‘Like all classic de Botton, there are plenty of insightful observations here, peppered with some psychology, a dash of philosophy, a big dollop of commonsense’ Scotsman

‘The news’ occupies a range of manic and peculiar positions in our lives. We invest it with an authority and importance which used to be the preserve of religion – but what does it do for us?

Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, de Botton offers a brilliant illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the ‘noise’ it generates. Witty and global in reach, The News will ensure you’ll never look at reports of a celebrity story or political scandal in quite the same way again.

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ISBN – 9780241972694
Publisher – Penguin Books, Limited
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 26/02/2015
Dimensions – 197mm X 130mm
Categories – Media

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%%%The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton”s internationally bestselling guide to life.

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