Alain de Botton presents The School of Life: An Emotional Education - Book Launch

We learn all sorts of things at school - the dates of battles, the names of countries, the sum of the angles in a triangle - but there’s a lot we’re never taught. Though school is meant to prepare us for life, it fails to answer some of its most fundamental questions, particularly those that relate to our emotions: who we should love; what career we should choose; and how we can find both purpose and meaning. Eleven years ago, The School of Life was set up to provide us with the emotional education we have sorely missed. Now, in conjunction with Penguin books, writer and founder Alain de Botton and his team of experts have distilled all that they have learnt into a single, essential volume. 

The School of Life: An Emotional Education is a comprehensive guide to the art of emotional intelligence. Combining social analysis, philosophical insight and practical wisdom, it presents a curriculum comprising a number of core areas - the Self, Others, Relationships, Work and Culture - that together define our emotional world. We learn all about the transformative power of emotional intelligence, and how it can help us understand ourselves, master love, excel at work, endure through failure and find calm and fulfilment. Wise and witty, humane and hopeful, it’s the textbook we should have been given at school: an emotional encyclopedia. 

To celebrate the launch of the book, The School of Life founder Alain de Botton will be hosting an event at the Emmanuel Centre in London on September 5 to discuss the book and present a whistlestop tour through some of its key ideas. Join us for an evening of insights, ideas and sparkling conversation and receive your copy of The School of Life: An Emotional Education included in the ticket price.

Event Timetable

Doors from 7pm

Event Starts 7:30pm

Book-signing 9pm

Event Ends 9:20pm


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Alain de Botton presents The School of Life: An Emotional Education - Book Launch

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When and where:
  • Thu 5 Sep 2019 7pm (doors open)
    The Emmanuel Center 9-23 Marsham St, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW