100 days of solitude

By Daphne Kapsali

General fiction, Biography & memoir, Travel | Paperback, eBook


How far do you need to go to find yourself? What do you have to give up? Daphne didn't go very far. After too many years of living as a writer who didn't write, she gave up her life in London to spend 100 days of solitude on the remote Greek island of Sifnos, off season, and find out, once and for all, who she really was. Her challenge: to write every day. One hundred days and one hundred entries later, her question had been answered in more ways than she could have imagined, and the things she'd given up never mattered in the first place. This book is her story, as personal as it is universal, of the most obvious and most fundamental quest of all: to be happy; to do what you love. Part memoir, part fiction, part philosophy and part travel writing, 100 days of solitude is a collection of one hundred stories, all of them connected and each one self-contained. One hundred essays on choosing uncertainty over security, change over convenience, seeing things for what they truly are, and being surprised by yourself; on love, loss, death and donkeys; on reaching for your dreams, finding enlightenment on a rural road, peeing in public, and locking yourself out of the house; on dangerous herbs, friendly farmers, flying Bentleys and existential cats; and on what it feels like to live in a small, isolated island community through the autumn and winter, to live as a writer who actually writes, and to live as your true, authentic self, no matter who that turns out to be. And to write your own story, the way you want it told; to find your voice, and the courage to let it be heard.


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How far do you need to go to find yourself? What do you have to give up? Daphne didn't go very far. After too many years of living as a writer who didn't write, she gave up her life in London to spend 100 days of solitude on the remote Greek island of Sifnos, off season, and find out, once and for all, who she really was. Her challenge: to write every day. One hundred days and one hundred entries later, her question had been answered in more ways than she could have imagined, and the things she'd given up never mattered in the first place. This book is her story, as personal as it is universal, of the most obvious and most fundamental quest of all: to be happy; to do what you love. Part memoir, part fiction, part philosophy and part travel writing, 100 days of solitude is a collec...


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Daphne is a writer, translator, massage therapist and passionate, if sometimes reluctant, yogi. She holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and her writing has appeared in a number of publications, online and in print, and won a few (mostly minor) awards. She recently gave up her job in London to spend a few months living alone on a small Greek island and writing full-time. She dubbed this project "100 days of solitude" and the result, one hundred stories brought together under the same title, is now available in paperback and on Kindle. Her first novel, also produced during her stint as a reclusive author, will be available soon. When not being a recluse on remote islands, Daphne can generally be found in London.


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Daphne is a writer, translator, massage therapist and passionate, if sometimes reluctant, yogi. She holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and her writing has appeared in a number of publications, online and in print, and won a few (mostly minor) awards. She recently gave up her job in London to spend a few months living alone on a small Greek is...


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