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    DescriptionIn the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton will be invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever Writer in Residence. He will be 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 come and share their stories. He will meet travellers from around the world, and will be given unprecedented access to wander the airport and speak with everyone from window cleaners and baggage handlers to air traffic controllers and cabin crew. Working with the renowned documentary photographer Richard Baker, de Botton will produce an extraordinary meditation upon the nature of place, time, and our daily lives. He will explore the magical and the mundane, personal and collective experiences and the interactions of travellers and workers all over this familiar but mysterious site. Like all airports, Heathrow (the 15th century village of Heath Row lies beneath the short stay car park) 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.

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    A Week At The Airport
    A Heathrow Diary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alain de Botton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846683596
    ISBN 10: 1846683599

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: WGM
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    DC22: 306
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002040
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JBCC, WGM
    Illustrations note
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    24 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Alain de Botton is the bestselling author of books on the philosophy of subjects including love, travel and status. He is the founder of The School of Life, an organisation in London for whom he has conducted a guided weekend tour of Heathrow airport.
    Review quote
    "Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny . . . De Botton's most imaginative work yet." —"Spectator" "Funny, charming, and slender enough to pack in your carry-on." —"Daily Mail" "Surprising. . . . His observations on airport life are wry and thought-provoking." —"Telegraph" "Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic." —"Independent"