British Airways approached Alain de Botton with an unusual proposal - if he agreed to spend one full week within the perimeter of their primary hub (Heathrow Airport) and write about the experience (with no restrictions on the content of his work), they would sponsor him as Writer-in-Residence of Heathrow and arrange full access to building's private and public regions. The result is less an expose of the inner workings of an airport, or a "How Does It Work" behind the scenes tour, than a thought piece on the nature of travel at the start of the 21st century. He dips into the personal stories of the clasping couples, or tearful children, or the family burdened with a television set and other bulky appliances just enough to whet your appetite, without ever going very far into their lives. Perhaps this method, in itself, is a commentary on the nature of the airport, where even a writer-in-residence, watchful at his desk planted squarely in the Departures Hall of Heathrow Airport, is only allowed glimpses before the scene changes. It's a book that does not provide answers so much as it provides questions or, rather, suggests them to you, so that you find yourself wondering a bit more about the fellow travelers and airport workers around you, and the personal histories that brought them to share this transitory space with you. A very quick read that, if you read it properly, should linger in your thoughts.