• The Happy Life is about how art speaks for our individuality, explains our happiness or lack of it, and is perhaps our happiness itself, as though in art we become happy

    Howard Jacobson
  • The Happy Life brilliantly provokes thought and invites debate. David Malouf makes a fascinating and valuable contribution to that essential precondition of happiness: namely, the task of understanding what it is

    A.C. Grayling
  • The Happy Life is a poised and deeply humane essay, beautifully written and carefully argued

    The Weekend Australian
  • His voice is so inclusive... I felt comforted and awakened and stimulated. A lovely, lovely piece of writing

    Marieke Hardy (Australian critic)
  • Sentence by sentence the essay stimulates. It is contemporary but draws from a deep well... It is ideal material for reading groups, dinner parties or even the well-nigh extinct artist in the lonely tower

    Gerard Windsor (Australian critic)

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