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With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, examining what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love.alain-de-botton-2009-credit-vincent-starr-use

Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. Over the years, this ordinary couple will miscommunicate and misunderstand each other, will worry about money, will have first a girl and then a boy. One of them will have an affair, one will think about it. Both will have doubts. This is the real story of love.

This is the love story of Rabih and Kirsten. This is the love story of you. This is the love story that will save your relationship.

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 runs The School of Life.


‘Acute and telling… De Botton is good on the politics of laundry. There’s a lot of truth and humour in his account of marriage’ Observer 

‘The novel that Rabih and Kirsten need to read is the one that De Botton has written. There’s a refreshing honesty in what De Botton has to say. De Botton’s musings are clever, their tone a mixture of irony and sincerity. A testament to his ability to so involved us in the fates of his endearing couple that we resent any interruptions, and hurry along to learn more about the love story that likely mirrors our own and that of so many others we know’ Guardian

‘Genuinely wise… One passage was so spot-on that I read it aloud to my husband.’ Lionel Shriver, The Times

‘Told with great wit and affection… It should be compulsory reading for anyone tying the knot’ Daily Mail

The Course of Love probes with such forensic tenderness the very heart of marriage. I laughed a lot, too’ Deborah Moggach

‘It may even save some marriages’ Evening Standard

7.00p.m. MONDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2017


Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

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‘A complete delight’ Amy Bloom

‘Not just a story about the course of love, it offers a course in love. Sunday Times

‘He’s completely on the money with the minutiae of marital life and every note rings uncomfortably true. Told with great wit and affection… It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot.’ Daily Mail

‘A compassionate, funny and deeply moving look at what it really means to share a lifetime with someone’ The Lady

‘The novel is well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages.’ Evening Standard