Pan Macmillan has pre-empted a book by the v.p. of business innovation at Google [X], the company behind Google Glass and the self-driving car.
Carole Tonkinson bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Solve For Happy: Engineering Your Path to Uncovering the Joy Inside by Mo Gawdat, who likes to be known only as "Mo", from Julian Alexander at Lucas Alexander Whitley acting on behalf of Michael V Carlisle at InkWell Management.
In his day job at Google [X], Mo works with some of the world's best innovators to come up with solutions for seemingly impossible problems. In Solve For Happy, “Mo brings this audacious imagination and sense of limitless possibility to the age-old problems of the human heart”.
Solve For Happy aims to explain the logic behind happiness and the rigorous process everyone can apply to find it. Seventeen days after the death of his son Ali, Mo decided to share with the world how he applied his engineering expertise and creative problem-solving skills to find an algorithm for lasting happiness: an equation that can actually deliver joy.
Tonkinson said: “It is rare to come across truly original thinking around happiness. Mo has delivered that and more in his brilliant, compassionate and ground-breaking book. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to help Mo spread his liberating work throughout the world.”
North American rights were sold at auction to Scribner.
Pan Macmillan’s Bluebird will publish simultaneously with Scribner in hardback in 2016.