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Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World

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When philosopher and traveller Will Buckingham’s partner died, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people. Now, as we reflect on our experiences of the pandemic and its enforced separations, and as global migration figures ever more prominently in our collective future, Buckingham brings together insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature When philosopher and traveller Will Buckingham’s partner died, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people. Now, as we reflect on our experiences of the pandemic and its enforced separations, and as global migration figures ever more prominently in our collective future, Buckingham brings together insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature to explore how our traditions of meeting the other can mitigate the issues of our time. Taking in stories of loneliness, exile and friendship from classical times to the modern day, and alighting in adapting communities from Birmingham to Myanmar, Hello, Stranger asks: how do we set aside our instinctive xenophobia — fear of outsiders — and embrace our equally natural philoxenia — love of strangers and newness? "Following a personal tragedy, Will Buckingham propels himself out, alone, into the world, to explore what it means to be a stranger – the joys and pitfalls, the perennial truths. A glorious book, fabulously learned and funny, and filled with all manner of stirring stories" —Philip Marsden, author of The Summer Isles "A treasure trove of all the possibilities strangers can be to each other. Read, learn and savour." — Madeleine Bunting, author of Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care


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When philosopher and traveller Will Buckingham’s partner died, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people. Now, as we reflect on our experiences of the pandemic and its enforced separations, and as global migration figures ever more prominently in our collective future, Buckingham brings together insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature When philosopher and traveller Will Buckingham’s partner died, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people. Now, as we reflect on our experiences of the pandemic and its enforced separations, and as global migration figures ever more prominently in our collective future, Buckingham brings together insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature to explore how our traditions of meeting the other can mitigate the issues of our time. Taking in stories of loneliness, exile and friendship from classical times to the modern day, and alighting in adapting communities from Birmingham to Myanmar, Hello, Stranger asks: how do we set aside our instinctive xenophobia — fear of outsiders — and embrace our equally natural philoxenia — love of strangers and newness? "Following a personal tragedy, Will Buckingham propels himself out, alone, into the world, to explore what it means to be a stranger – the joys and pitfalls, the perennial truths. A glorious book, fabulously learned and funny, and filled with all manner of stirring stories" —Philip Marsden, author of The Summer Isles "A treasure trove of all the possibilities strangers can be to each other. Read, learn and savour." — Madeleine Bunting, author of Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care

48 review for Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fred Langridge

    Moving and absorbing - on connections between humans and sometimes other animals too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Tan

    Written against a backdrop of his partner's death from breast cancer, this is a short of autobiography of his life. A life of trust in the general goodness of strangers, and the joy and treasure that comes from it. Heartbreaking and beautiful. A truly humbling journey. Written against a backdrop of his partner's death from breast cancer, this is a short of autobiography of his life. A life of trust in the general goodness of strangers, and the joy and treasure that comes from it. Heartbreaking and beautiful. A truly humbling journey.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    3.5 stars

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    Miss Hanna Loves Grammar

    Emotive and moving in one go!

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    Joseph Mcmullen

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    Will Buckingham

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    Anna Glebova

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