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Christopher Tayler: Alain deBotton goes on a trip, 22 August 2002

The Art of Travel 
by Alain deBotton.
Hamish Hamilton, 261 pp., £14.99, May 2002, 0 241 14010 2
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... In the fifth chapter of The Art of Travel, Alain deBotton goes on a trip to the Lake District. He takes his girlfriend, ‘M’, and a paperback copy of The Prelude. Applying his talent for summary to the latter, he explains that it prescribes ‘regular travel through nature’ as ‘a necessary antidote to the evils of the city ...

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Thomas Jones: Is it just me?, 1 December 2005

... might well have – appeared on Spoons are: Tony Blair, chick-lit, city breaks, Sofia Coppola, Alain deBotton, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Tracey Emin, exercise videos, foot spas, Ikea, improving the value of your property, Boris Johnson, Kabbalah, lastminute.com, Live8, loft-living, loyalty cards, the ...

Maschler Pudding

John Bayley, 19 October 1995

À la Pym: The Barbara Pym Cookery Book 
by Hilary Pym and Honor Wyatt.
Prospect, 102 pp., £9.95, September 1995, 0 907325 61 0
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... When the novelist’s art has made the reader confident of that, he can do the rest for himself. Alain deBotton, a young writer of highly original intelligence, presents in his latest novel, Kiss and Tell, the stylised imaginary biography of an entirely ordinary young woman.* Isabel is seen, naturally, in terms of ...

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