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The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author.

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as “happily ever after.” The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy—an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.

This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “There’s no writer alive like de Botton, and his latest ambitious undertaking is as enlightening and humanizing as his previous works.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[An] exemplary tale…Readers looking for insights and guidance will find plenty.”


  • “[Alain de Botton] again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page.”

    New York Times

  • “Alain de Botton, an author known for tackling the big philosophical questions in accessible nonfiction, has the perfect narrator for his second novel. Julian Rhind–Tutt’s voice is tender, seductive, secretive, or open, as needed. Whichever tone he uses, listening to him is always a joy…Rhind–Tutt keeps the listening worthwhile and far from routine.”


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