Three new deals for A WONDERFUL LIFE!

We are beyond excited to announce three new deals this week for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE!
Crown acquired the Taiwanese rights, Greek rights went to Klidarithmos and Lithuanian rights to Obuolys.This adds up to 12 pre-publication rights sold for the excellent non-fiction title.

A WONDERFUL LIFE will be first published by HarperCollins/Harper Design on 24th of March 2020. The original language of the book is English and the translations will be done from English.

Click here to request full English pdf for A Wonderful Life.

Greek publisher Klidarithmos is very excited to publish the book:

“So many books have been written about the fluid meaning of life, but none of them has ever come so close before as A Wonderful Life does. Martela creates an intimacy with the reader as if two friends enjoy discussing about all-time philosophical issues. But what makes reading exceptional is that we really get answers! With examples and case studies we reach little by little, without realizing, to the meaning of life”.
– Asimina Giannopoulou, Klidarithmos, Greece

Finnish scholar Frank Martela, from the Happiest Country in the World,  answers life’s most pressing questions, in a relaxed conversational tone, such as:

  • Is happiness a worthy goal?
  • What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society?
  • Is life an existential void?

Part prescriptive and part armchair philosophy book, A WONDERFUL LIFE is accessible to everyone, from the well-read scholar to the apprentice as well as anyone curious about how to extract the greatest meaning and sense of purpose from their existence.

Advance Praise for A Wonderful Life by Frank Martela

“The search for life’s meaning is perhaps the most important quest we can undertake. And for any quest, it’s essential to have a guide. Philosophically probing yet eminently readable, A Wonderful Life  is a book you can refer to again and again on your journey toward purpose.”

Daniel H. Pink,  New York Times bestselling author of  When, Drive, To Sell Is Human, and A Whole Mind

“We are happiest not when we have more things or accolades but when we have more meaning, research shows. A Wonderful Life is a witty and inspirational guidebook to helping you live a life of meaning. By expertly drawing on psychology, philosophy and literature, his book will entertain you as much as it enriches you.”

Emma Seppala, author of The Happiness Track, Science Director, Stanford Center For Compassion And Altruism Research And Education. CoDirector Wellness, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

“This book is not only a delight to read, but it is a tour-de-force of research. Martela brings together some of the most fascinating ideas from history, philosophy, and psychology to address the most urgent question of all: What makes life meaningful? Too many people today doubt that their lives matter. In this uplifting and thoughtful work, Martela offers practical tips for we can each find more meaning in our lives.”

Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness

Rights sold:

UNITED STATES: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)

Rahva Raamat
HarperCollins Japan
Across Publishing
Ambo Anthos
Gursli Berg Forlag

About author

Frank Martela

Professor Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.


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