Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in December 1969 and educated in Switzerland and England. His family originates from the Spanish peninsula, from the small Castilian town of Boton (now vanished). They left in 1492, along with the rest of the Sephardic Jewish community, and eventually settled in Alexandria, Egypt, where de Botton's father was born.
De Botton has written twelve books, including Essays in Love (entitled On Love in the U.S.), How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and Status Anxiety. He speaks French, German and English and now lives in London.
This biography was last updated on 12/04/2010.
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