This is a timely book, not because loneliness is a new thing, but because there have been two big recent developments in society. For the young it’s been the tendency to connect more online than off, and for the older, it’s the effects of Covid and the new working from home revolution. Loneliness is not just about not meeting people of course, it’s about making connections, it’s about touch; it can also be about disconnection and losing your own sense of self-worth. The author is a renowned public speaker who suffered intense loneliness for a long time, but has rebuilt her connections and here shares her story and the techniques she used to turn her life around. She presents everything with context, either her own experience or an analysis of causes and effects, so her book is both supportive and constructive.
272pp, 216 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99