"Self-help books for the rest of us." —The New York Times
There's an unassuming shop in Central London called The School of Life that's something of a modern day parlour room. The space is devoted to leisurely intellectual discussion and from this clubhouse have come a series of books that reflect the school's philosophy.
The School of Life series is an accessible and playful new series from Picador of brief books with big, useful ideas—from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts—that are guaranteed to stimulate, inform, and console.
Here's a quick look at some of the reviews for the first books in the School of Life series starting with HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEX by Alain de Botton:
"By encouraging readers to understand their desires and manifestations of sexuality in new and more reflective ways, de Botton’s addition to the School of Life series offers a tantalizing discourse on this endlessly fascinating, and eternally misunderstood, subject." —Booklist
"The title begs for all manner of dubious wisecracking, but the narrative is not easily pigeonholed. [...] A well-rounded examination of the ways we can marry intelligent thought and physical pleasure." —Kirkus Reviews
And here are the reviews for HOW TO STAY SANE by Philippa Perry:
"Using stories from her therapy practice to illustrate her points as well as numerous exercises to conduct alone, with a loved one or within a group, Perry brings new light to a well-visited subject." —Kirkus Reviews
"[Perry's] inviting tone (complemented by lighthearted illustrations throughout) and friendly prose make this an accessible addition to the School of Life publications." —Publishers Weekly
Read more about our marketing plans for the two newest trade paperback originals in this series coming out next month, HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD by John-Paul Flintoff and HOW TO FIND FULFILLING WORK by Roman Krznaric here (PDF).
The School of Life is an ongoing series published by Picador.