Alain de Botton, Architecture of Happiness, Penguin

Alain de Botton, Architecture of Happiness, Penguin

The Architecture of Happiness' amounts to a beguiling tour through philosophy and the psychology of architecture. It is also Alain de Botton's most lavishly illustrated text book. Probing questions and myriad examples of historic and contemporary buildings explore our relationship with the buildings we live in.

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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is one of the most prominent living authors in the United Kingdom, writing best-selling books that, as he puts it, 'tackle questions of everyday life from a philosophical point of view'. He is also involved in making a number of TV documentaries accompanying his books.


Penguin Books is a British publisher founded in 1935 by Allen Lane. Lane's idea was to provide quality writing cheaply, for the same price as a pack of cigarettes. He also wanted them to be sold not only in bookshops but in train stations, general stores and corner shops. Its most emblematic products are its paperbacks. The first Penguin paperbacks were published in 1935, but at first only as an imprint of Bodley Head with the books originally distributed from a church crypt.