A 15th anniversary collection of The School of Life’s most popular and essential essays on self-knowledge, relationships, work and culture.
The School of Life is an organization with a mission at its heart: to help foster calm, self-understanding and greater emotional maturity.
For the last 15 years, we have produced landmark essays on important life topics, now gathered together for the first time.
Among the essays collected here, conveniently, in one volume:
On Confidence: a guide to throwing off inhibition in the name of a more free and creative life
Self-Knowledge: a method for knowing ourselves better in order to make optimal choices in love and work
Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person: a hopeful and wry survey of the trials and joys of marriage
In elegant and clear, helpful prose, these essays take us on a tour around the banner topics of our emotional life, leaving us enlightened, calm and ready to tackle the harder things in life.
This beautiful edition of The School of Life’s best advice is a perfect companion to carry around or keep on a bedside table— a concise compendium of some of the wisest things we’ll ever need to know.
What our readers have been saying about the individual essays
"Brief but insightful! Will be back for more School of Life reads. Works really well on Audible"
"Brilliant! Thought provoking. Kept concise enough to really focus on the subject and give you time to think about the subject in terms of yourself."
"It's such a simple and small book but with a powerful message! I really needed it and I'm grateful I got to read this book and work on the exercises. The exercises are definitely a plus and they're very well thought-through!"
Just perfect. Must-read for everyone who considers at least dating, not to mention serious commitment. Beautifully exposed all the myths and concepts of love, sex and relationships. While this is very entertaining and funny, the topics are very serious and make me think and change my attitude... a lot."
Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person
"Excellent little book for perspective on a considerably important subject. If you plan on marrying, take a day and read this magnificent little title."
Essays from this series available as audiobooks:
II. On Confidence
III. What is Psychotherapy?
IV. How To Find Love
V. The Sorrows of Love
VI. Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person
VII. Why We Hate Cheap Things
VIII. How To Reform Capitalism
IX. The Sorrows of Work
X. What is Culture For?
The School of Life is here to help you learn, heal and grow. We are devoted to bringing you calm, self-understanding, better relationships, deeper friendships, greater effectiveness at work and more fulfilment in your leisure time.
We do this via our books, our app, our films, our therapeutic services and our corporate offering.
The School of Life Press brings together the thinking and ideas of The School of Life creative team under the direction of series editor, Alain de Botton.
"I would recommend to anyone with an interest in psychology or even if you're on your own journey towards self-awareness." — NetGalley Review
"The perfect gift for anyone looking to reflect more on their own life or to become a better person." — LoveReading