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The Novel Habits of Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Apr 21, 2016
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 256
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349141022
Price : 599

About the book

Isabel Dalhousie is one of Edinburgh's most generous (but discreet) philanthropists - but should she be more charitable? She wonders, sometimes, if she is too judgmental about her niece's amorous exploits, too sharp about her housekeeper's spiritual beliefs, too ready to bristle in battle against her enemies.

As the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, she doesn't, of course, allow herself actual enemies, but she does feel enmity - especially towards two academics who have just arrived in the city. Isabel feels they're a highly destabilizing influence; little tremors in the volcanic rock upon which an Enlightened Edinburgh perches. Equally troubling is the situation of the little boy who is convinced he had a previous life. When Isabel is called upon to help, she finds herself questioning her views on reincarnation. And the nature of grief. And - crucially - the positioning of lighthouses.

The only questions Isabel doesn't have to address concern her personal life. With her young son and devoted husband her home life is blissfully content. Which is the best possible launching pad for the next issue of the Review - the Happiness issue. As Isabel is beginning to appreciate, happiness, for most people, is not quite what it seems . . .


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Elegant and charming as always, the latest in the Isabel Dalhousie series is as reflective and cultured as its central character>
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Elegant and charming as always, the latest in the Isabel Dalhousie series is as reflective and cultured as its central character
Brimming with discreet charm
     
Alexander McCall Smith
Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects and his books ha...(+)
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