Philosopher and author Alain de Botton returns to the Sydney Opera House to talk Love

“We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has
never saved anyone from the disease.” – Alain de Botton

Is love just an illusion?

Philosopher, bestselling author and School of Life co-founder Alain de Botton returns to the Sydney Opera House on 9 July to explore what it actually means to live happily ever after.

De Botton’s most recent novel, The Course of Love, marks his return to fiction, picking up where his first, Essays in Love, left off nearly a quarter of a century ago.

After sell-out Opera House talks in 2014 (The News: A User’s Manual) and 2013 (Religion for Atheists), the warm and witty philosopher of the everyday will talk about how romantic myths and misconceptions shape modern relationships and examine what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love.

Born in Zurich and based in London, de Botton has written on travel, architecture and literature, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, How to Think More About Sex and Art as Therapy. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

Ann Mossop, Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, says “It is always a pleasure to welcome Alain de Botton to the Sydney Opera House. We look forward to seeing new and old fans of de Botton join us in the Concert Hall for an evening about love in the 21st Century.”

For a taste of what to expect here is de Botton’s 2014 talk The News: A User Manual

Tickets go on sale to the public on February 26th and range from $36-$65 for more information and to purchase tickets click here.

The Course of Love is available now from Penguin Random House and can be found at all good bookstores



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