Keep calm and read on... in isolation: Seven books for solitude

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson and Severance by Ling Ma.
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson and Severance by Ling Ma. PHOTOS: PENGUIN CLASSICS, FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX

SINGAPORE - "Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room," wrote the poet William Wordsworth, "And hermits are contented with their cells." Should what Wordsworth calls "the weight of too much liberty" - or rather, concerns about catching the coronavirus - drive you to seek solace in solitude, here are seven books about fictional lives in isolation to keep you company.

By Shirley Jackson

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