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The Novel Habits of Happiness : Isabel Dalhousie  : Isabel Dalhousie Novels - Alexander McCall Smith

The Novel Habits of Happiness : Isabel Dalhousie

Isabel Dalhousie Novels

Paperback Published: 21st April 2016
ISBN: 9780349141022
Number Of Pages: 256

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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 . . .

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Alexander McCall Smith is Professor Emeritus of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.

Industry Reviews

Brimming with discreet charm - Mail on Sunday

Elegant and charming as always, the latest in the Isabel Dalhousie series is as reflective and cultured as its central character - Good Book Guide

ISBN: 9780349141022
ISBN-10: 0349141029
Series: Isabel Dalhousie Novels
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st April 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1

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