To my wonderful community of readers – I am delighted to announce that my new book, The Gifts of Solitude, is now available for purchase on Amazon sites globally, as an ebook and paperback.

As you will know if you’ve read my last few posts, I was inspired to write this book by the coronavirus crisis, and hearing that many people were struggling with feelings of fear, isolation, and loneliness. I spent up to five months completely alone when I was rowing solo across oceans, so I feel I am well qualified to offer some coping strategies – and above and beyond that, I also offer pointers to the beautiful gifts that come when we learn to be at ease in our own company.

The first half of the book is about surviving solitude, and is aimed at those who might feel they are drowning. The second half of the book is for those who already have their heads above water, and want to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as an accelerant to greater sense of purpose, emotional maturity and self-reliance.

The Amazon link (valid across all Amazon sites) is There is a temporary problem with the link between the ebook and the paperback, so until that is resolved, there is a separate link for the paperback:

I am really eager for this book to reach the people who can benefit – that was the whole point of writing it. So I’d like to ask you if you can help me spread the word far and wide so we can reach everybody who needs emotional support at this time.

Of course, I would be delighted for you to buy the book ($3.49/£2.81 for the ebook, $8.99/£6.99 for the paperback. In case you aren’t aware, you don’t need a Kindle to read the ebook – you can install the Kindle app on your smartphone or on your computer).

And then, to spread the word, here are some ways you can help – anything you can do would be much appreciated:

Write a review on Amazon

Buy multiple copies and send them as gifts (instructions for ebooks here or for paperbacks here  – please note that ebooks can only be sent within your own Amazon region)

Spread the word on social media. Posts ready for sharing are at:





If you have a book club, suggest this as your next book

If you have a podcast, or know someone who does, forward them this link or newsletter and suggest me as a guest

And I’m open to other suggestions – I just want to get this book out there to anyone who needs it!

Thank you in advance for helping to spread the word. You will see in the book that I interview Steve Cole, PhD, a behavioural scientist at UCLA, who has demonstrated that acts of generosity and connection have a hugely beneficial impact not only on our emotional health, but on our physical health at the cellular, epigenetic level, increasing our longevity and boosting our immune resistance to – get this – viruses.

So by sharing this book around, you are helping others, but also doing yourself a power of good – literally! 

My video announcing publication, and offering some snippets from the book:




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