Gallic £7.99 (181pp) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
Hector And The Search For Happiness, By Francois Lelord
Friday 23 April 2010
Hector, the bespectacled star of this breezy novelette by the French happiness guru, Francois Lelord, is a young psychiatrist on a mission. Depressed that that he can't make his patients happy either with pills or platitudes, he sets out on a journey around the world to find the secret of true happiness. His encounters include conversations with wealthy financiers, charming Chinese students and eminent professors.
Served up as a series of philosophical bonne bouches, Hector's lessons for life may verge on the banale - make sure to be good to your friends, be loved for who you are, take holidays in the sun - but their effect is unexpectedly cheering. The book has been billed as a 'feelgood gem' and it has so far sold over two million copies - perhaps proving that it has made the world a happier place. The next book in the series by Lelord promises to reveal the secrets of l'amour.
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