The Happy Life by David Malouf | Black Inc.

The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World

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About the author

David Malouf

David Malouf is the author of poems, fiction, libretti and essays. In 1996, his novel Remembering Babylon was awarded the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His 1998 Boyer Lectures were published as A Spirit of Play: The …

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Praise for The Happy Life

The Happy Life brilliantly provokes thought and invites debate. David Malouf makes a fascinating and valuable contribution to that essential precondition of happiness: namely, the task of understanding what it is.’ —AC Grayling

‘A poised and deeply humane essay, beautifully written and carefully argued.’ —Australian


‘A wonderful … reflection on happiness in the Western tradition.’ —Canberra Times


‘A rewarding reflection on human restlessness and the need for limits.’ —the Age


‘Entertaining and insightful.’ —Sydney Morning Herald


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