How to Be Alone

The School of Life

Sara Maitland

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IN THIS AGE OF CONSTANT CONNECTIVITY, LEARN HOW TO ENJOY SOLITUDE AND FIND HAPPINESS WITHOUT OTHERS.

Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is antisocial and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom, and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? In How to Be Alone, Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she helps us practice 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.

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“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.”—Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor

“Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us.”—The New York Times

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Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland is the British author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award–winning Daughter of Jersualem, and several nonfiction books, including A Book of Silence. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and lives in Galloway, Scotland.

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How to Be Alone
Sara Maitland

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Trade Paperback
Picador
9/2/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250059024
ISBN10: 125005902X
Trade Paper with Flaps
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 240 pages, Includes 16 black-and-white photographs plus 1 graph throughout
$16.00

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Picador
9/2/2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250059031
ISBN10: 1250059038
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 240 pages, Includes 16 black-and-white photographs plus 1 graph throughout
$9.99
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