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The Covid crisis has taught us who our friends really are

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Living in London – like most of my friends – my life revolved around meetings, grabbing coffees, having dinners, doing interviews and rushing around the city on the Tube bumping into strangers, before coming home to my fiancé.This year, in stark contrast, I’ve been mostly by myself.

During the first lockdown – which I spent in London after splitting up with my fiancé – I was living alone, not allowed to see my friends.

Since then, having moved to Cornwall, we have been physically separated. Like many people, I have never needed my friends more but never seen them less.As Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, tells me: ‘The pandemic has forced us to grapple with the.

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