Some people long to find it, others long to escape it. But, whether we welcome or dread it, solitude is something we all experience in different forms at different points in our lives.

After enduring nearly five years of solitary confinement, in cruel and terrifying conditions, Terry Waite discovered that he was drawn to find out more about the power of solitude in the lives of other people. The result is this haunting book, in which he recalls his encounters with people who have experienced some very different ways of being solitary: among them the peaceful solitude of remote and beautiful places; the unsought and often unnoticed solitude of lonely people living in the midst of busy cities; the deceptive solitude of those living in the twilight world of espionage; the enforced solitude of the convict and the prisoner of war; and, finally, the inescapable solitude of those who are drawing near to death.

Through all these encounters, and through the memories and reflections they trigger in the author’s mind, we see how solitude shapes the human soul – and how it can be a force for good in our own lives, if we can only learn to use it well.

 

“This is a thoughtful and sensitive book from a man who endured the fear and loneliness of captivity. Now, years later, Terry Waite explores solitude in its many forms.” Stella Rimington DBE, former Director General of MI5

“No one is better qualified to write about solitude than Terry Waite, who spent nearly five years of his life in solitary confinement. His exploration of solitude – he calls it a saunter – takes him from his personal ordeal to the Australian outback, to the home of a former British double agent in Moscow, and beyond. His book will be of great value to those who have suffered from too much company or too little, or are interested in the phenomenon of being alone, which is not at all the same as being lonely. Terry Waite’s saunter through solitude is wide ranging, original, well written and (best of all) companionable.” Martin Bell OBE, UNICEF ambassador and former war reporter

“This is a wonderfully perceptive and engaging book. Terry Waite takes the reader deep into other worlds, both geographical and psychological, from which they will emerge enlightened and spiritually enriched.” Ranulph Fiennes OBE, explorer, writer and poet

 


About The Author

Terry Waite wrote his first book,Taken on Trust’ in his head when he was denied pen or paper during his captivity for almost five years in Beirut. It was published on his release and was followed by ‘Footfalls in Memory’ a collection of poetry and prose that he recollected during his incarceration and ‘Travels with a Primate’ an account of some of the amusing happenings that occurred when he accompanied the Archbishop of Canterbury on his official visits throughout the world.His latest book ‘The Voyage of the Golden Handshake’ is a comic novel set aboard a ramshackle cruise ship and was written as a diversion to make himself laugh when dealing with many difficult situations. It is a simple old fashioned slapstick comedy and was written during a visit to New Zealand.
Although Terry Waite is in his mid seventies he continues to be fully occupied in working for the homeless,hostages and their families,overseas development and many other humanitarian activities

Solitude: memories, People, Places is published by SPCK and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE

 


 

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Author

Terry Waite

Narrator

Terry Waite

Producer/Director

Neil Gardner

Released

2017

File Size/Quality

192kbps (better than CD), 256kbps (superb quality), 320kbps (highest quality)

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