Kylie Moore-Gilbert is adjusting to being back home in Melbourne and is focused on a “calm and settled” life.(Scott McNaughton)

‘I’m used to being alone’: Kylie Moore-Gilbert finds peace in solitude

One side-effect of surviving two years in two of Iran’s most infamous prisons, much of it in solitary confinement, is that Kylie Moore-Gilbert is more than comfortable in her own company. The Melbourne academic, whose plight made global headlines, gives every impression of thriving in it.

Eight months on from the prisoner-swap that secured her return after being sentenced to 10 years on espionage charges she denies, the 34-year-old is living a “calm and settled” life in the leafy quiet of the Dandenong Ranges, outside Melbourne.

“I’m doing pretty well, I’m just re-adjusting to being back in normality … [trauma] works differently for different people,” says Dr Moore-Gilbert, looking very Melbourne in her all-black outfit and cinched winter coat.

Dr Moore-Gilbert is spending her days writing a book about her experience, which she says is helping her close a psychological chapter.

“I came out and I thought, ‘When’s the PTSD going to kick in?’ These things take time to settle, so actually it would be unusual if I came out of prison and started having PTSD straight away.”

She is enjoying the company of friends, some of whom she made after they lobbied as strangers for her freedom. After ending her marriage to Russian-Israeli Ruslan Hodorov, she is also dating again – though not keen to elaborate.

Read the article by Wendy Tuohy in The Sydney Morning Herald.