A User's Manual
Hamish Hamilton 2014
Hardback 267pp Illustrated 178x130mm
9780241146477   Product Code: 22938
Alain de Botton reflects on the modern-day addiction to the news and tries to show how 'this ubiquitous and familiar habit' is actually 'a lot weirder and rather more hazardous' than we think. He takes a number of news stories - from MPs' expenses to an air crash - and subjects them to intense analysis, while also examining our responses to news items such as murder, disasters and celebrities' love lives.