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1st April 2010


Gallic Books

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Lorenza Garcia


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Hector and the Search for Happiness

(Le Voyage d'Hector ou la recherche du bonheur)


The first of Hector’s Journeys

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Can we learn how to be happy?

Hector is a successful young psychiatrist.

He’s very good at treating patients in real need of his help. But many people he sees have no health problems: they’re just deeply dissatisfied with their lives. Hector can’t do much for them, and it’s beginning to depress him.

So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off round the world to find out what makes people everywhere happy (and sad), and whether there is such a thing as the secret of true happiness…

Over two million readers worldwide have engaged with psychiatrist François Lelord’s modern fable. Narrated with deceptive simplicity, its perceptive observations on happiness offer us the chance to reflect on the contentment we all look for in our own lives.

‘A series of philosophical bonnes bouches … their effect is unexpectedly cheering’ The Independent
‘Even the most aloof, the most detached reader will be won over by this book’ Cosmopolitan
‘Provides a dollop of warm, fuzzy, feel-good escapism’ Woman
‘Intelligently naïve’ Marie Claire
Bonus Material
Hector and the Search for Happiness Movie Trailer
A video introduction to the Hector series
François Lelord

Meet the author

François Lelord studied and practiced psychiatry in Paris, and was a consultant for companies interested in reducing stress for their employees. On a trip to Hong Kong, the Hector character popped into his mind. The huge success of Hector and the Search for Happiness led him to spend more time writi…

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