15th pre-publication deal for A WONDERFUL LIFE by Frank Martela!

We are glad to announce the 15th pre-publication deal for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE! Editura Humanitas pre-empted the Romanian rights:

“I think A Wonderful Life manages to offer a fresh and attractive answer to a simple yet central question that regards us all: What is the real meaning of life and how can we find it? Well documented and full of relevant cultural quotes, the book can speak to readers of all ages. It is a trustworthy companion in our quest for identity at the beginning of the 21st century.”

– Editura Humanitas, Romania

The book will be first published in the U.S. by HarperCollins/Harper Design on 24th of March 2020.


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


Advance praise:“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

“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

Rights sold:

UNITED STATES: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)

Rahva Raamat
HarperCollins Japan
Across Publishing
Ediciones Urano
Ambo Anthos
Gursli Berg Forlag
Editura Humanitas
Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
Orman Kitap

Reading material:
Full English pdf

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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