Hermit: A memoir of finding freedom in a wild place

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Hermit: A memoir of finding freedom in a wild place

Hermit: A memoir of finding freedom in a wild place

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But, in reality, she is rarely unconnected with humans on any level, lives with either a boyfriend or husband for much of the book and only once withdraws herself from society on her own for any length of time and that has much to do with a natural reaction to recovering from the effects of trauma. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Through conversations with other hermits across the world, Fitton sheds light on an extraordinary and misunderstood way of living which has survived into the 21st century – from monks to hikikomori, and the often-ignored female hermit.

Jade reads it beautifully and has a way of making you feel like you’re standing along side her in the landscape as she carries you through her story. The backdrop of beautiful North Devon, stunning Lundy Island and briefly London, felt very familiar having spent lazy childhood summers on Exmoor and even, coincidentally, in the village where the author spent her childhood.

Jade Angeles Fitton's life - from barns to huts to islands - is cleverly, brilliantly but honestly recorded. There is never anything out here but my shadow, that no one treads on any more 'When Jade's partner leaves the barn that they moved into just weeks before, he leaves a dent in the wall and her life unravelled. I am a sucker for a memoir about nature and isolation, and this is up there with the best I have read. I am so grateful to the whole team, in particular to Zennor Compton, my editor, who has guided me through this with sensitivity and humour and encouraged me to keep creeping out of my shell.

The author tells us that her long term relationship had broken down, but it was abusive, so there are a number of issues that she has to deal with in building her new life on her own. It’s a place where the skylarks, puffins and herring gulls outnumber the humans, where “the night sky is gin-clear”.After publication I did get messages, mostly from women, saying they related to the story and it had helped them.

Reading this book was akin to being immersed in a long form poetic ode to nature and restorative solitude, and a welcome reminder to take regular time out for one self to honour the passing of time and the many nuances and experiences of a life hopefully well lived. Although I felt I had a story to tell, I doubted I would ever tell it, and I probably never would have, were it not for my wonderful agent, Max Edwards. It's a peace not reached without struggle and fight, which is true of all the best and necessary things. So I was very careful when it came to writing about people who are a part of the story but weren’t the main thread of the story.

The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. However, I found the editing of it, and having to keep going back to that point in my life, incredibly difficult. Still, even knowing that, I was not prepared for how comforting and simultaneously uncomfortable it was to read. Although connection is associated with increased mental wellbeing, studies show that the more online we are, the more unbalanced we become in real life, she says.

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