A Life Less Lonely

A Life Less Lonely

by Nick Duerden

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Overview

'The practical advice in this book is gold dust not only for lonely people, but for those who long to help them.' - Joanna Lumley

Loneliness is an epidemic on the rise. It has long been documented that older people suffer from social isolation, but teenagers do too, likewise new parents, those with disability or illness, and anybody going through a significant life change.

As more people work full-time, and we interact via social media rather than face-to-face, we need to stop and ask ourselves: what can we do to ensure all our futures are more connected and socially satisfying?

This book will help to share stories of loneliness to increase our empathy and understanding of it, and to look for possible solutions. Using the research the Jo Cox Commission undertook following the MP's senseless death in 2016, it offers a wealth of practical advice: how to spot the symptoms in yourself and in others; how to ease them; how to seek help and, ultimately, how to understand this most fundamental of human emotions. Its aim is simple: to provide us all with the tools we need to lead kinder, more connected lives.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472957788
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nick Duerden is a writer and freelance journalist. He is the author of two novels and a memoir on fatherhood and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and 5 and Sky News. He has written widely on the arts, travel and health. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of Get Well Soon (Bloomsbury).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The silent scourge 13

2 How to become compassionate 27

3 Contacting the elderly 39

4 The problem with men 55

5 The mental health benefits of tea and scones 68

6 A room with a view 80

7 The baby blues 94

8 Technical support 114

9 University challenged 124

10 Blind man's bluff 142

11 The refugee crisis 156

12 The circle of life 172

13 How to disconnect 184

References 211

Acknowledgements 212

About the author 213

Index 214

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