The Lonely Century

£9.99

Professor Noreena Hertz has travelled the world to explore the loneliness epidemic first hand: ‘renting a friend’ in Japan, visiting co-habitation spaces in Israel and trying a week experienced entirely online. From the spread of social media and the rise of AI to the architecture of our cities and the growing elderly population, loneliness is a global issue that is affecting our health and financial security. She takes on a world increasingly dominated by big business and consumerism, and challenges us all – and most importantly, our politicians, business leaders and economists – to take urgent action to ensure we survive and thrive in the centuries to come. ‘The Lonely Century’ is a bold, game-changing book that has the power to transform how we behave.

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*** THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER ***

‘Destined to be a classic’ Nouriel Roubini

‘Brilliant, powerful and hopeful’ Philippa Perry

‘Explosive, timely and urgent’ Daily Telegraph

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 paying for cuddles in the U.S. to nursing home residents knitting bonnets for their robot caregivers in Japan.

The Lonely Century 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 damaging our communities and making us more isolated than ever before.

With bold solutions for us as individuals as well as for businesses and governments, Noreena Hertz offers a hopeful and empowering vision for ow to heal our fractured world and come together again.

‘If we could issue a reading list to 10 Downing Street, I’d put this book near the top.’ Guardian

‘Causing a deserved stir’ Financial Times

‘Revealing, empathetic and timely’ Jonathan Freedland

‘Read it, then pass it onto a friend.’ Charlie Brooker

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 3.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

416

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

302.545 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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