'Destined to be a classic' Nouriel Roubini
A hopeful and empowering vision for how to reconnect with each other and heal our divides.
'Fascinating' Sathnam Sanghera, The Times
'A hopeful book that couldn't be more important or timely' Philippa Perry
'Timely and important' Charlie Brooker
Even before a global pandemic introduced us to terms like social distancing, loneliness was already becoming the defining condition of the twenty-first century.
But it's also one we have the power to reverse. Combining a decade of research with first-hand reporting, Noreena Hertz takes us from a 'how to communicate in real life' class for smartphone-addicted university students to bouncy castles at Belgian far-right gatherings, from 'renting a friend' and paying for cuddles in the U.S. to nursing home residents knitting bonnets for their robot caregivers in Japan.
Packed with bold solutions that we can apply at home, at work and in our neighbourhoods, and with a clear vision for what businesses and governments must do, she explores how our increasing dependence on technology, radical changes to the workplace and decades of policies that have placed self-interest above the collective good, are making us more isolated than ever before.
Noreena Hertz helps us to understand why this is the lonely century, how we got here and what each of us can do to help reduce loneliness for ourselves and our communities. We're surrounded by communication technologies and social media, yet loneliness is taking a huge toll on our economy, our health and our democracy. With a rare combination of rigorous research and powerful insights, Noreena Hertz masterfully explains the many facets of our Lonely Century and how we can do better, as individuals and as a society. Highly Recommended! -- Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at Stanford University and co-author of THE SECOND MACHINE AGE Highly original, persuasive and thought-provoking, The Lonely Century
is both a landmark book and a page-turner. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our complex times and understand where we are heading. Destined to be a classic, I couldn't recommend it more strongly. -- Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics, NYU The Lonely Century
is a book made for this moment. Hertz shows a new generation of leaders how we can turn the age of social distancing into a turning point in our fight against the loneliness epidemic. I highly recommend it. -- Mariana Mazzucato, UCL Professor and author of THE VALUE OF EVERYTHING A fascinating and original book a
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