Ebury imprint Rider has pre-empted an “era-defining” book on happiness from Dr Robert Waldinger and Dr Marc Schulz, leaders of the Harvard Study of Adult Development.
Publishing director Olivia Morris pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Doug Abrams at Idea Architects. The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Study on Happiness will be published in spring 2022 alongside the US, where rights were scooped by Simon & Schuster in a 12-way auction. Pre-empts have also been made in Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
The synopsis explains: “The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Study on Happiness distils 80 years of research, other longitudinal studies, and ancient wisdom to answer eternal questions about the keys to happiness and wellbeing. It builds on Dr Waldinger’s TED Talk, which is one of TED’s Top 10 most-watched and shared of all time, with more than 30 million views, offering startling scientific discoveries about what truly leads to health, happiness, and longevity, inspiring life stories, and step-by-step guidance to help readers create their own good life even in the most challenging of times.”
Waldinger is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy & Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. He is also a zen priest. Schulz is the associate director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development and professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College.
They said: “We are honoured to be publishing with Rider in the UK/Commonwealth, and we are very excited to be bringing what we have learned about the science of wellbeing to a broad audience."
Morris added: “I’m thrilled to be welcoming Robert and Marc to the list with their important, era-defining book. The unparalleled scope of the study combined with the hopeful message that a rich and fulfilling life is within our control makes this a very special proposition—one that will inspire readers across the world to live longer, happier lives for many years to come.”