Paperback Writers - Alain de Botton

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word, Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

The series continues with Alain De Botton a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.'

Alain has written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain's latest book is titled Religion for Atheists, a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion.

Alain will be sharing his musical influences which include REM, 10,000 Maniacs and Sinead O'Connor.

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16 minutes


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PerformerAlain De Botton

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