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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

(2009)
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From the international bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this lyrical, erudite look at our world of work.

We spend most of our time at work, but what we do there rarely gets discussed in the sort of lyrical and descriptive prose our efforts surely deserve. Determined to correct this lapse, armed with a poetic perspective and his trademark philosophical sharpness, Alain de Botton heads out into the world of offices and factories, ready to take in the beauty, interest, and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.

De Botton spends time in and around some less familiar work environments, including warehouses, container ports, rocket launch pads, and power stations, and follows scientists, landscape painters, accountants, cookie manufacturers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and aircraft salesmen as they do their jobs.

Along the way, de Botton tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can pose about work: Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? What is its meaning? To what end do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also our planet?

Equally intrigued by work's pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton offers a characteristically lucid and witty tour of the working day and night, in a book sure to inspire a range of life-changing and wise thoughts.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
ISBN: 0-241-14353-5 / 978-0-241-14353-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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June 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 0-375-42444-X / 978-0-375-42444-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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June 2009 : Canada Hardback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 0-7710-2603-X / 978-0-7710-2603-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : Canada Paperback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 0-7710-2618-8 / 978-0-7710-2618-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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June 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Vintage International)
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 0-307-27725-9 / 978-0-307-27725-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
ISBN: 0-14-102791-6 / 978-0-14-102791-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
ISBN: 0-9562444-0-8 / 978-0-9562444-0-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Monocle
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
ISBN: 0-241-14443-4 / 978-0-241-14443-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 1-5012-8471-1 / 978-1-5012-8471-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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July 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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June 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 1-4233-9290-6 / 978-1-4233-9290-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2009 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 1-4233-9292-2 / 978-1-4233-9292-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 1-4233-9289-2 / 978-1-4233-9289-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2009 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
ISBN: 1-4233-9291-4 / 978-1-4233-9291-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2009 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
ISBN: 0-14-104068-8 / 978-0-14-104068-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain De Botton
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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June 2009 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work: t/c (Vintage International)
Author(s): Alain De Botton
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Author(s): Alain de Botton
Publisher: Penguin
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