The Course of Love: a Novel

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The Course of Love: a Novel

In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married. They have children. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.

From the author of Essays in Love comes the long-awaited and beguiling sequel, which charts the complex and intricate course of a long-term relationship.

We all know the headiness and excitement of love’s early days, but what can be expected over a shared lifetime? We follow our couple – Rabih and Kristen – from the first flush of infatuation through to inevitable disenchantments and then onto the freedom and insights of maturity. The Course of Love is a novel that explores not so much the start of love, as its maintenance over time; the way our ideals bend and reform under the pressures of an average existence, and the magnificent, sometimes frightening, developments we can make as we slowly realise that love is in essence a skill we need to learn rather than an enthusiasm we simply experience.

Playful, wise, and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is an unparalleled meditation on modern relationships —and a delightful return to the novel for Alain, more than 20 years after Essays in Love.

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich in 1969. He is the bestselling author of non-fiction such as The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, and novels including Essays in Love. He lives in London and runs The School of Life.

240 pages | 133mm x 15mm x 198mm