'The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work' is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, evoking what other people wake up to do each day - and night - to make the frenzied world function. With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton leads readers on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations, from rocket science to biscuit manufacture. Along the way he tries to answer some questions about work - What makes it pleasurable? What is its meaning? And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet?