Modern British “hermits”

An objective and positive article in the British Independent by Henry Hemming, author of the book In Search of English Eccentrics on the subject of hermits, recluses, and eccentrics in modern Britain. Looks at two contemporary recluses; includes a few historical notes about famous British eccentrics and mentions the historical travails of women hermits in England. Hemming concludes that “As well as reminding us that it’s possible to live without material possessions, by their example Woodcock and Leppard [his interviewees] remind us not to confuse the words ‘alone’ and ‘lonely’.”