‘Can they help us to nurture our sense of making the best of what we have?’

Many Friends before us have had to deal with a loss of liberty. Kate Macdonald has published two books on conscientious objectors

‘Wilfrid’s sense of being guided spiritually underpinned his humour and optimism.' | Photo: Courtesy of Kate Macdonald.

Today, much of the world’s population is finding out what it is like to live in isolation – to be confined to a few rooms, to have very limited face-to-face conversations, and to be deprived of the natural fellowship of friends and family. To be deprived, ultimately, of liberty. I hope two books on the imprisonment experiences of conscientious objectors in world war one can offer some useful insights.

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