Solitude
Michael Harris

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Narrated By: Kerry Shale

Duration: 6 hours and 23 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Solitude by Michael Harris, read by Kerry Shale.

'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.' Douglas Coupland


Solitude is a rapidly vanishing experience. Our society now embraces sharing like never before: time alone is being forced out of our lives by the constant pings of smartphones and prods of social media. But what if being alone still has something to offer us – something we have forgotten, but that we still desperately need?

In Solitude, award-winning author Michael Harris examines why being alone matters now more than ever before. He reflects on the paradoxical feeling of isolation that emerges from being constantly connected – and on how learning the beauty of solitude can help us escape it. After all, it is when we are alone that we realise the greatest truths about ourselves. Being alone – really alone – could be the only antidote to the frenzy of our digital age.

Rich with stories about the transformative power of solitude, and drawing on the research of the world's leading neuroscientists and behavioural psychologists, Solitude offers a timely and profound exploration of how to be alone – and why it matters for us all.




'A timely, eloquent provocation to daydream and wander.' Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

Genre

Popular philosophy, Popular psychology, Ethical issues: scientific, technological & medical developments, Impact of science & technology on society

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A timely, eloquent provocation to daydream and wander.

Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL

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

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

Newsweek

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

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