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Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World Paperback – 30 April 2018

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The leading thinker about technology’s corrupting influence on our collective psyche., Newsweek

An elegant, thoughtful book . . . beautifully expresses the importance and experience of liberation from the battery-hen life of constant connection and crowds., Daily Mail

A compelling study of the subtle ways in which modern life and technologies have transformed our behaviour and sense of self . . . The strength of Harris’s argument lies in his showing how seemingly harmless new technologies insidiously influence our ways of being . . . Harris proposes ways in which we can discover ourselves within an increasingly digitally connected world., Times Literary Supplement

I came away from this book a better human being. Michael Harris’s take on existence is calm, unique, and makes one's soul feel good yet never once does he rely on feel-good techniques. -- Douglas Coupland

A timely, eloquent provocation to daydream and wander. -- Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL

A poetic, contemplative journey into the benefits of solo sojourning. The book – which weaves together personal anecdotes and fascinating research – makes a convincing argument for stepping away from the crowd (and your even more crowded phone) and scheduling some soul-resetting me time., ELLE

Harris's book isn’t preachy; rather, it recasts small lifestyle changes as part of a struggle to regain that sense of self . . . It speaks to a long overdue conversation we still haven't properly had in our society., VICE

Harris has an intuition that being alone with ourselves, paying attention to inner silence and being able to experience outer silence, is an essential part of being human . . . Thick with fact and argument and some fine writing. -- Paul Kingsnorth, New Statesman

An insightful, lively meditation on why this increasingly scarce component of our lives should be preserved., Globe and Mail

Elegant, accessible and often hilarious., Chicago Tribune

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A timely exploration of how to be alone - and why it matters now more than ever before

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Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars The irony of writing this review...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 May 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book from Harris!
Reviewed in Canada on 29 April 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't buy books but I bought this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Author looses the point half-way through the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations
Reviewed in Canada on 14 January 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars In this digital age the author did a good job of looking at where we are heading in ...
Reviewed in Canada on 6 August 2017
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1.0 out of 5 stars Canceled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition, great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
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