The Pursuit Of Happiness

By Douglas Kennedy, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

Read by Barbara Barnes.

An absorbing love story set against a compelling period of American history; from post World War Two euphoria to the darker days of McCarthyism.

Barbara Barnes continues to read this absorbing love story.

Love at first sight has turned to despair for Sara.

This quiet best-seller, set in post Second World War America, follows the fortunes of the Smythe siblings, Eric and Sara.

Both literary and artistic and at total odds with their republican parents, he launches them into an era of post-war revelry alive with jobs, wealth, and diversity of culture.

But two shadows loom large over large over their existence.

For Eric, it is his pre-war membership of the communist party and for Sara it is true love.

These two factors serve to shape their destinies with tragic and shocking consequences.

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Did you know, in Scotland, last year the sales of Self-help books were up by 15% whilst the rest of the book market saw a decline?

Surprised by that, Investigative Journalist Neil MacKay is going in Pursuit of Happiness for this BBC Radio Scotland series to explore the secrets to happiness which seem to reside between the covers of self-help books.This week, Neil speaks to self-help author Ali Campbell; or 'Mr Fix it' as he's dubbed about his book "Just Get On With it, A Caring, Compassionate Kick up the ass!" and questions if a good kick up the backside is all we really need to attain happiness.

Neil Mackay goes in pursuit of happiness with life coach and self-help author Ali Campbell

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In Scotland the sales of Self-help books are booming which suggests many of us are trying to improve our lives in some way.

Investigative Journalist Neil Mackay is going in The Pursuit of Happiness, to try and find out what the secrets are to living a happy life.

In his quest he's joined by Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness, a movement committed to building a happier society.

Will Mark convince Neil he has some of the answers?

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If the booming sales of self-help books here in Scotland are anything to go by more and more of us are trying to change our lives for the better... but do the answers to our problems really lie within the covers of lifestyle books?

For this BBC Radio Scotland series, Investigative Journalist Neil Mackay is going in 'The Pursuit of Happiness'.

He wants to find out what the key to a happier life is and why these self-help gurus think they have all the answers?

Today Neil talk with life coach and author; Lynda Field, who believes she can 'Fast track us all to happiness' from fed-up to fabulous in just 10 days.

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Did you know, in Scotland, last year the sales of Self-help books were up by 15% whilst the rest of the book market saw a decline? "

Surprised by that, Investigative Journalist Neil MacKay is going in Pursuit of Happiness for this BBC Radio Scotland series to explore the secrets to happiness which seem to reside between the covers of self-help books. John Whiteman, his guest today is author of '9 days to feel fantastic' - which is some claim! But what makes John think he has all the answers? And what exactly is happiness anyway and can you really find it in just 9 days?

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By Douglas Kennedy, abridged by Lisa Osborne.

Read by Barbara Barnes.

An absorbing love story set against a compelling period of American history; from post World War Two euphoria to the darker days of McCarthyism.

Barbara Barnes continues to read this absorbing love story.

Love at first sight has turned to despair for Sara.

This quiet best-seller, set in post Second World War America, follows the fortunes of the Smythe siblings, Eric and Sara.

Both literary and artistic and at total odds with their republican parents, he launches them into an era of post-war revelry alive with jobs, wealth, and diversity of culture.

But two shadows loom large over large over their existence.

For Eric, it is his pre-war membership of the communist party and for Sara it is true love.

These two factors serve to shape their destinies with tragic and shocking consequences.A chance meeting on Thanksgiving Eve in 1945 changes the course of Sara Smythe's life.

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Love at first sight has turned to despair for Sara as she waits to hear from Jack.

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Six months after her night with Jack, Sara is ready to move on.

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Sara is about to get married - but is she marrying George Grey or his family?

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At the dawn of the 50s, Manhattan is a place of opportunity for the young, free and single.

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1950s NEW YORK is a dangerous place for those the McCarthy era considers subversive.

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After four years of exile in PARIS, Sara is returning to NEW YORK.