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A Private History Of Happiness
01 Oct 2013 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781781854815

A moving and compelling anthology of quiet yet powerful moments of everyday bliss, drawn not from grand literary works but from private letters, journals and poems.

Non Fiction / DQ (Anthologies)
Extent: 256 pages
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A Private History Of Happiness: Ninety-Nine Moments of Joy from Around the Worldby George Myerson

From the bliss of lingering in a warm bed on a winter morning, to a bracing springtime walk by the seaside, A PRIVATE HISTORY OF HAPPINESS offers the reader a wealth of delightfully fresh perceptions of where and how happiness may be found.

These 99 moments of happiness are arranged by theme – Morning, Friendship, Garden, Family, Leisure, Nature, Food and Drink, Well-being, Creativity, Love and Evening – and each is followed by a brief description and commentary that sets the extract in context and encourages further reflection.

Drawing on a wide and international range of literary sources – from Ptolemy to Tolstoy – George Myerson reveals that small, unpretentious joys have been shared by human beings across cultures and over thousands of years. He invites us to discover the happiness in our own lives that can be found here and now.

George Myerson has written a number of books on ancient and contemporary culture, modern thought, and the philosophy of everyday life. He holds a PhD in English from Cambridge and was a Lecturer and Reader at King's College London.

'George Myerson has come up not with momentous revelations but small moments of joy' Harry Eyres, Financial Times

'This book gives delightfully fresh perceptions of where happiness can be found' Professor Clare Brant, KCL

'This is more than a book, it is a celebration, a bouquet, an energizing holiday' Dr Phyllis Tickle

'Bursting with feel-good factor' The Lady (5 stars)

'It seems a pity that we should need reminding of these pleasures; this charming book does so admirably.' TLS

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