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The novel that has made 2 million readers happier! The story of one woman's inspirational journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfilment!

This enchanting, feel-good novel was a runaway no.1 bestseller in France, parking itself in the top ten for 56 weeks.

“You’re probably suffering from a type of acute routinitis.”
“A what?”
“Acute routinitis. Finding it hard to feel happy despite an abundance of material wealth, a feeling of disillusionment and lethargy, amongst other things.”
“But . . . How do you know all that?”
“I’m a routinologist.”
“A routino-what?”

At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy and fulfilment.

When Claude, a Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands.

Camille’s journey is full of surprising escapades and richly meaningful lessons, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time. . .

'It's obvious why this charming book - funny, sweet and not without a few important happy-life tips - hit number one abroad' Good Housekeeping


A funny and smart novel.

Femme Actuelle

A delicious, feel-good novel.

Marie France

Punchy, well thought out and a delightful read. Irresistible!

Biba Magazine

A funny, entertaining novel full of tenderness that can help you get your new life off the ground. To be read as soon as possible as we only have one!


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  • Hardback


    July 16, 2018

    Bantam Australia

    256 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Audio Download


    July 16, 2018

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook


    May 25, 2018

    Random House Australia

    256 pages

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At first Claude said nothing. He simply stood there, one warm hand resting on my shoulder.

When my tears finally dried, his wife, who in the meantime had put down a steaming cup of tea beside me, went to fetch some tissues. Then she vanished upstairs, no doubt sensing that her presence might inhibit what would be a welcome opportunity to get things off my chest.

"I'm . . . I'm so sorry, this is ridiculous. I don't know what's come over me. I've been on edge recently anyway, and I've had such a terrible day-it's all too much."

Claude had gone to sit in the armchair opposite me and was listening closely. Something about him made me feel I could trust him. He looked me straight in the eye. It was not a judgmental, intrusive look-more like a pair of open arms.

Gazing at him, I sensed that I could open up. My inner resistance crumbled. So much the worse. Or so much the better?

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