Hello, Stranger


We navigate our interactions with strangers according to a host of unwritten rules, rituals and (sometimes awkward) attempts at politeness. But what if the people we meet were not a problem, but a gift? 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.

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What if meeting new people were a gift, not a burden?How might we transform our lives if we set aside our fear of outsiders?When Will Buckingham’s partner died, the shock of his grief told him to withdraw. Instead, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people; travelling the world – from Birmingham to Myanmar – seeking out stories of loneliness, exile and friendship, from classical times to the modern day. Drawing from his travels, as well as insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature, Hello, Stranger is a powerful antidote to loneliness and xenophobia, and a heart-warming story of the power of kindness and compassion.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm








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