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An Evening With Alain De Botton

22 APRIL 2004

'Our quest for love from the world - is a secret and shameful tale'

The New Zealand Book Council and Penguin Books (NZ) are pleased to announce an evening with world reknowned philosopher, author, and TV presenter Alain De Botton.

Best-selling author of The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, Alain De Botton approaches the entirely different but no less anxious idea of status. In his new book Status Anxiety he asks us to contemplate how the world sees us. Do people think we are winners or losers? What tools have been used to make this perception? Can we change these perceptions?

With typical lucidity and charm, De Botton peels away the pretensions of our society and investigates the roots of these emotions, from the French Revolution and Jane Austen, to the 'snobs' and 'dorks' of the local high school.

Join Alain De Botton for an entertaining and lively conversation with Laura Kroetsch at St Andrews on the Terrace Wellington, 6pm, Monday 17 May. Tickets are on sale now.


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