What’s the difference between solitude and loneliness? How is solitude possible in my busy life and why would I want it anyway? Blaise Pascal observed, “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” Is that true? And if it is, why is it so hard?

Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for 20 years before embarking on a freelance adventure. He’s been a columnist for the Daily Mail and Church Times, leads retreats, sees people on their journey and writes books. His latest is on Solitude.

Simon Parke