With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence we are not wholly alive until we are loved. A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London and so begins a love story – from first kiss to first argument elation to heartbreak and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book – one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love. Alain is the author of seven non-fiction books that look at the great questions of ordinary life – love friendship work travel home – in a way that is intellectually rigorous therapeutic amusing and always highly readable. His goal is to bring ideas back to where they belong: at the center of our lives.