Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after? This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic. It is a love story for the modern world, chronicling the daily intimacies, the blazing rows, the endless tiny gestures that make up a life shared between two people. Moving and deeply insightful, The Course of Love offers us a window into essential truths about the nature of love.
He's completely on the money with the minutiae of marital life and every note rings uncomfortably true. The story is told with great wit and affection... de Botton knows his stuff and the book builds into a truly wonderful and positive analysis of a successful lifelong partnership. It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot. Daily Mail Engaging, meticulous, acutely perceptive... There's a refreshing honesty in what De Botton has to say Guardian One passage was so spot-on that I read it aloud to my husband... De Botton appreciates, as few writers do, the miracle and subtlety of the so-called ordinary The Times Well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical... It may even save some marriages. Evening Standard [A] worldly wise romance Mail on Sunday A complete delight -- Amy Bloom, author of 'Lucky us'
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich in 1969. He is the author bestselling non-fiction such as The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, and novels including the bestselling Essays in Love. He lives in London and runs The School of Life.