Alain de Botton's new book about the The News is out this week. It looks at what the news does to our minds. And begins by asserting that the news now occupies the same dominant position in society as religion once did - but that it remains in many ways an unexplored and misunderstood influence.

There are a small number of signed copies available fro our friends at The School of Life here: http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/the-news-a-user-s-manual/

If you like the idea of looking at the news in a different way have a look at The Philosophers' Mail The School of Life's new daily online news source that is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as interpreted by a team of their in-house philosophers rather than journalists.