Hector and the Search for Happiness

Francois Lelord

Hector and the Search for Happiness
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Hector is a psychiatrist who tries to help his patients lead happier, more fulfilling lives. But he feels like a fraud, he's becoming less and less satisfied with his own life. He decides to change this, by embarking on an around-the-world journey to discover the secret of happiness. A charming, heart-warming tale about living life to the fullest, Hector and the Search for Happiness has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Hector and the Search for Happiness was adapted into a film in 2014 starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike.


Excerpt:

"And since he was seeing more and more people who were unhappy for no apparent reason, he was becoming more and more tired, and even a little unhappy himself. He began to wonder whether he was in the right profession, whether he was happy with his life, whether he wasn't missing out on something. And then he felt very afraid because he wondered whether these unhappy people were contagious."


From Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord ©2002. Published by Penguin Canada.

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