About this book
Guardian & Observer reviews
Turning to philosophers, historians, politicians and artists, De Botton examines where our anxieties about success and status originate. The hardback edition has spent two and a half months in the "Sunday Times" top five bestseller list, selling over 50,000 copies. This paperback edition will have huge publicity, including nationwide events and features. "De Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives" "Independent"
We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. This title gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions.