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Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness – Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:   13 October 2020

Format: Hardback

Pages: 217

Publisher: Hachette Australia



From paddle-boarding down the Thames in a Santa hat, to wild swimming in a glacial river, Bill considers the exhilaration of the outdoors, as well as the quieter pleasures of clearing out your moth-eaten grey t-shirts. He attempts to see beyond the mumbo-jumbo of the wellness industry and aims for the heart of real joy and contentment – and how we can all achieve it.

This collection of funny, meditative and thoughtful essays seeks out simplicity and clarity as a corrective to the endless background noise of anxiety-inducing news chatter. Whether it’s whooping aloud while cycling through a pine forest, putting pen to paper, or immersing yourself in music, Bill’s guide to happiness is an antidote to the frenetic whirl of modern life.

Fully illustrated with drawings by Bill himself, this is a wonderful gift of a book for anyone who needs a slice of comfort.




Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

What makes us happy?  Often it’s the small things and Bill Bailey is here to share them in  the most relatable  way.  From Dinosaur Mini Golf to plants to dancing and more, Bill and his funny illustrations had me laughing out loud at times and nodding along in agreement in others.  

Bill has managed to put together a reflective book for the current times, when many places have come out of, or are still in, lockdown due to Covid19.  I enjoyed the short chapters, that moved through each subject without dragging, it added to the overall feeling of simplicity of the book.  A couple of the chapters didn’t really speak to me because they weren’t things I particularly enjoy doing, or have any interest in, but short chapters meant the book quickly  moved on  to the next subjects and kept my interest.

Part comedy, part glimpse into Bill Bailey’s life, this book would make a wonderful gift for those who have enjoyed his comedy before or anyone feeling like they need a reminder of the joy that can be found in the simple things in life!




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