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An irresistibly funny, cynical and perceptive new anti-hero to sit alongside Eleanor Oliphant, The Rosie Project's Don Tillman and A Man Called Ove

'I loved this beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny' MARIAN KEYES

Professor Chandra is an expert at complex problems. There's just one he can't crack: the secret of happiness

In the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work.

He’s just narrowly missed out on the Nobel Prize (again) and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas.

All this work. All this success. All this stress. It’s killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor (who is from California), Professor Chandra should just follow his bliss.

He doesn’t know it yet, but Professor Chandra is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

Reviews

I loved this beautiful beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny

Marian Keyes

Professor Chandra is as acerbic and unbending a curmudgeon as one could wish to find scowling from the pages of a novel. Brilliant, pompous, and baffled by the world outside his Cambridge study, Chandra is forced on a reluctant quest to America to find himself and his family. Searingly funny, uplifting and wonderful

Helen Simonson, author of MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND

There's a long tradition of trying to describe the spiritual search and the ineffable mystery without sounding like a pretentious snob or a sappy Pollyanna. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss manages to pull it off. The book tackles perennially difficult and deep questions with humor and humanity, beautiful writing, and a page-turning storyline. I gave myself over to Professor Chandra's journey as he opens himself to self-examination, family healing, and a more courageous experience of being alive

Elizabeth Lesser, author of New York Times bestseller BROKEN OPEN and Cofounder, Omega Institute

Heartrending, hilarious, and deeply wise, this novel about the clueless Professor Chandra – emotional blockhead, Cambridge don, and Nobel-wannabe – left me in tears when I wasn’t laughing. His crash course in self-realization at 70 reveals how little he actually knows, about himself and the crazy family he loves, and that it’s never too late to grow up or follow your bliss wherever it takes you. I could not put this novel down

Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and When You’re Falling, Dive

Rajeev Balasubramanyam wields considerable humor, the perfect antidote to our polarized and exhausting present, while crafting a tender and thoughtful tale. This is an absolute gem of a book

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781784742546

    January 22, 2019

    Chatto & Windus

    288 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Hardback

    9781784742539

    January 15, 2019

    Chatto & Windus

    288 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781473558694

    January 10, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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