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How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

Paperback The School of Life

By (author) Sara Maitland, By (author) The School of Life

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 176mm x 18mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 16 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0230768083
  • ISBN 13: 9780230768086
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 9,817

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Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is literally anti-social and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she helps us to practise it without anxiety and encourages us to see the benefits of spending time by ourselves. By indulging in the experience of being alone, we can be inspired to find our own rewards and ultimately lead more enriched, fuller lives. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched January 2014: How to Age by Anne Karpf How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young How to Connect with Nature by Tristan Gooley

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Sara Maitland is the British author of numerous works of fiction,including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughter of Jersualem, and several non-fiction books, including A Book of Silence. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and lives in Galloway, Scotland. Visit her website www.saramaitland.com

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This new series of The School of Life's self-help books build on the strengths of the first, tackling some of the hardest issues of our lives in a way that is genuinely informative, helpful and consoling. Here are books that prove that the term "self-help" doesn't have to be either shallow or naive -- Alain de Botton, Founder of The School of Life The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge Independent on Sunday