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Tom Hodgkinson - The reluctant hermit

Regulars | By Tom Hodgkinson

Even if we’re a bit nervous, most of us will rush back into the arms of the crowd with great joy, says Tom Hodgkinson

Aren’t you looking forward to being sociable again? The return to social life makes me think of the opposite – people who sought isolation, like medieval anchorites and anchoresses, the mystic visionaries who spent their entire lives in a hole in a church wall. The cell had a window to the street on one side and a window to the church on the other. Some of these lunatics, such as Julian of Norwich (1343-after 1416), became quite famous....

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