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A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary –
by Alain de Botton

Paperback in good cond

In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton was invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever Writer in Residence. He was installed in the middle of Terminal 5 on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens, enabling passengers to see what he is writing and to share their stories. He me travellers from around the world, and was given unprecedented access to wander the airport and speak with everyone from window cleaners and baggage handlers to air traffic controllers and cabin crew.
De Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation upon the nature of place, time, and our daily lives. Like all airports, Heathrow is a 'non-place' that we by definition want to leave, but it also provides a window into many worlds - through the thousands of people it dispatches every day. A Week at the Airport is sure to delight de Botton's large following, and anyone interested in the stories behind the way we live.

Funny, charming and slender enough to pack in your carry-on... (Daily Mail)

Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny ... de Botton's most imaginative work yet (Spectator)

He makes a fine fist of pondering transient life in Terminal 5. (The Times)

Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic ... At de Botton's T5, banality and sublimity circle in a perpetual holding pattern (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

This is best read sitting in the afternoon sunlight with a glass of wine to add to the cumulative appreciation of this interesting and insightful book. (Canberra Times)

Alain de Botton's amusing, small book should not be missed by people of the Third Age ... it's jolly, perceptive and human (Adelaide Review)

I read Alain de Botton's A Week at the Airport with smiles of recognition, nods of approval and sighs of admiration. Most people can't wait to get away from airports. I'm very glad he stayed. (Michael Palin Guardian)
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