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A woman pursues solitude – 2

This Guardian piece is an essay by a young British woman who consciously pursues solitude within her urban environment. The title is: “The pursuit of loneliness: how I chose a life of solitude.” The byline is: “Hayley Campbell quit her job and moved into an empty flat. Here she explains the tough but peculiar pleasures […]

Hermit of Dulwich (UK)

A brief article in Londonist titled “The Sad Story Of The Hermit Of Dulwich,” about an 18th-century hermit Samuel Matthews. He became a hermit when he became a widower, and was described as eccentric and deranged. URL: https://londonist.com/london/history/the-hermit-of-dulwich

A woman chooses solitude

In this Guardian profile aptly titled “‘Truly, madly, deeply alone’ – embracing solitude,” a British woman (Max Riddington) reflects on her choice to pursue solitude. URL: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/13/solitude-moving-new-home-loneliness

“Hermit’s Christmas”: Rachel Denton

In the article “A Hermit’s Christmas,” BBC News reports on Sister Rachel Denton, a British hermit mentioned several times in this blog. Describes her Christmas practices and life as a hermit. URL: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37431760

British hermits today

The Guardian profiles several modern hermits in an article titled: “If you choose to be alone you can’t be lonely.” The hermits include Rachel Denton, Jade Angeles Fitton, Neil Ansell, and an anonymous man. URL: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/08/modern-day-hermits-share-experiences