Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude
The joys and benefits of solitude are explored in four mouth-watering journeys, showing that being alone isn't something to endure - it's something to relish.
'Full of heart.' Michael Harris, author of Solitude
Being alone isn't something to endure - it's something to relish.
The average adult spends about a third of his or her waking time alone.
Yet research suggests we aren't very good at using, never mind enjoying, alone time.
Rising to the challenge, travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the joys and benefits of being alone in four mouth-watering journeys to the cities of Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York, in four seasons.
This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time and lays bare the magic of going solo.
“Stephanie Rosenbloom writes with irresistible curiousity and grace. I was drawn in from page one. Alone Time will make you love your solitude and it'll leave you raring for solitary travels. This book is deeply researched and full of heart.”
Michael Harris, author of The End of Absence and Solitude
“An erudite and absorbing book... a "love letter to loners" and persuasvie argument for the bliss of solitude.”
Saga Non-fiction book of the month
“An evocative, observant book.”
“In Alone Time, the celebrated New York Times travel columnist espouses the virtues of solitude... Mixing her own analysis with insights from psychologists, sociologists, artists and innovators throughout history, Roesenbloom documents the restorative qualities of her 12-month tour or Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York. If you're looking to reconnect with yourself and the world around you, this utterly unique reading experience will prove an inspiration.”
19th J.P. Morgan Reading List
“A sublime sensory experience from start to finish.”