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The Salt Path

by Raynor Winn

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PUBLISHED: 31st January 2019
ISBN: 9781405937184
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  • Paperback
    $21.29
PUBLISHED: 31st January 2019
ISBN: 9781405937184

Publisher Description

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset via Devon and Cornwall.

Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, together they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

The Salt Path is an honest and inspiring true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

Author Biography

Since travelling the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She lives in Cornwall. This is her first book.

Review

A life-affirming story that examines grief and the power of nature Liz Earle Wellbeing An inspirational and lyrically observed memoir on the regenerative power of walking in nature, as well as a reminder that material things are much less important than we sometimes think. If you love the landscape of the British coastline and are drawn to the philosophies of mindfulness and minimalism, this is a moving and reflective book to read during a break from your everyday life Guardian An extraordinary memoir - moving, funny and uplifting Open Up We walk with Ray and Moth every step of the way, sharing the hunger, exhaustion, blazing heat and freezing rain in an account that is both lyrical and inspirational Guardian, Top 10 books about walking in Britain Raynor's writing is beautiful. It's a heart-wrenching read at times, but you won't be able to put it down Mirror It's a heart-warming, heart-wrenching story, told by Raynor in vivid yet plain prose. There are so many wonderful passages Church Times An inspirational true story Top Sante Vivid . . .This is a book essentially about hope, but also about sheer gritty determination not to give in, to survive extreme discomfort, danger and sometimes disillusionment Kibworth & District Chronicle An uplifting tale Cornish Times Beautiful, sad, erudite and uplifting The New European By turns inspirational and horrifying . . . [Winn] writes with a detail and a joy that tugs at the reader, lifting this beyond a mere travel memoir and all the privations and hardship to be something truly meaningful Times Higher Education A moving true story i Paper A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance The Week The Salt Path pummelled me like Atlantic winds. It carried me along on a rain-soaked, sun-burnt, despair-infused, hope-driven walk. The writing is at times raw, poetic, funny, shocking. It is consistently honest, vulnerable, clear. I finished the book reminded of the importance of really hearing people's stories, of the healing power of the natural world, and of our individual and collective now. The Ecologist A remarkable account of the healing power of landscape and the resilience of the human spirit. I felt the rain on my face and heard the waves pounding on the sand. -- Phillipa Ashley The Salt Path broke my heart and put it back together again over and over. Beautiful writing, and such a sharp eye - both for nature and for people. It's hopeful and sad and honest and I LOVED it. -- Maggie Harcourt, author of Unconventional and The Last Summer of Us This is a wonderful, heart-gladdening, life-affirming read. It will make you want to walk. What a gem. -- Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph Filled with wry humour, this is a wonderfully uplifting and touching book Guardian Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read i (The paper for today) You lost me a whole night's work. This is a great read. -- Paddy Dillon A triumph of love and hope and giving oneself up to the healing power of nature. Beautifully written with vivid imagery, what a heart-warming and glorious read -- Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me What an absolutely glorious and moving book. It deserves all its praise! -- Vybarr Cregan-Reid, author of Footnotes and Primate Change A fabulous read, inspiring and life-affirming. If you're not already walking the coastal path, this book will make you want to set-off immediately. It is a hymn to the power of love, sear-air and the natural beauty of Cornwall to heal and nurture. It's an absolute joy Cornwall Life This beautiful, meditative book should give us all a sense of our possible braveries: offering us an answer to the "what if?" questions - "what if we lost absolutely everything, what would we do?" . . . An extraordinary testament to love, hope and resilience. -- Greg Wise, actor and co-author of Not That Kind of Love An exquisite piece of writing Western Morning News Uplifting and inspirational Woman & Home The most inspirational book of this year . . . In some ways The Salt Path reads like the ultimate drop-out odyssey, except that this journey isn't a life choice . . . What the book chiefly conveys is the human capacity for endurance and the regenerative power of nature . . . The Salt Path also serves as a reminder that Britain is a land criss-crossed by footpaths and that we take this 140,000-mile national glory for granted at our peril . . . The Salt Path has reminded me to scrape last year's mud from my walking boots and get rambling again. I hope it has the same impact on millions of others. -- Richard Morrison The Times The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told. -- Jackie Morris, illustrator of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane A remarkable and redemptive journey -- Summer Books of 2018 Financial Times An inspirational nature memoir for fans of H is for Hawk about losing everything and finding yourself between the elements of sea and sky Waterstones The landscape is magical, shape-shifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriad sea birds and mauve skies . . . It's a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything . . . home was no longer about bricks and mortar. It was a state of mind The Sunday Times Ray's account of their incredible journey is a tale of triumph, of hope over despair Pick of the paperbacks, The Sunday Times A gem of a book Guardian, Best Books of Summer An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves. Independent A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance Guardian

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A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance

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A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance -- Guardian An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves.-- Independent Ray''s account of their incredible journey is a tale of triumph, of hope over despair -- Pick of the paperbacks, The Sunday Times The landscape is magical, shape-shifting seas and smugglers'' coves; myriad sea birds and mauve skies . . . It''s a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything . . . home was no longer about bricks and mortar. It was a state of mind-- The Sunday Times An inspirational nature memoir for fans of H is for Hawk about losing everything and finding yourself between the elements of sea and sky -- Waterstones A remarkable and redemptive journey --Summer Books of 2018, Financial Times The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told. --Jackie Morris, illustrator of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane The most inspirational book of this year . . . In some ways The Salt Path reads like the ultimate drop-out odyssey, except that this journey isn''t a life choice . . . What the book chiefly conveys is the human capacity for endurance and the regenerative power of nature . . . The Salt Path also serves as a reminder that Britain is a land criss-crossed by footpaths and that we take this 140,000-mile national glory for granted at our peril . . . The Salt Path has reminded me to scrape last year''s mud from my walking boots and get rambling again. I hope it has the same impact on millions of others. --Richard Morrison, The Times Uplifting and inspirational -- Woman & Home An exquisite piece of writing -- Western Morning News This beautiful, meditative book should give us all a sense of our possible braveries: offering us an answer to the "what if?" questions - "what if we lost absolutely everything, what would we do?" . . . An extraordinary testament to love, hope and resilience. --Greg Wise, actor and co-author of Not That Kind of Love A fabulous read, inspiring and life-affirming. If you''re not already walking the coastal path, this book will make you want to set-off immediately. It is a hymn to the power of love, sear-air and the natural beauty of Cornwall to heal and nurture. It''s an absolute joy -- Cornwall Life What an absolutely glorious and moving book. It deserves all its praise! --Vybarr Cregan-Reid, author of Footnotes and Primate Change A triumph of love and hope and giving oneself up to the healing power of nature. Beautifully written with vivid imagery, what a heart-warming and glorious read --Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me You lost me a whole night''s work. This is a great read. --Paddy Dillon Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I''ve ever read-- i (The paper for today) Filled with wry humour, this is a wonderfully uplifting and touching book -- Guardian This is a wonderful, heart-gladdening, life-affirming read. It will make you want to walk. What a gem.--Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph The Salt Path broke my heart and put it back together again over and over. Beautiful writing, and such a sharp eye - both for nature and for people. It''s hopeful and sad and honest and I LOVED it.--Maggie Harcourt, author of Unconventional and The Last Summer of Us A remarkable account of the healing power of landscape and the resilience of the human spirit. I felt the rain on my face and heard the waves pounding on the sand.--Phillipa Ashley The Salt Path pummelled me like Atlantic winds. It carried me along on a rain-soaked, sun-burnt, despair-infused, hope-driven walk. The writing is at times raw, poetic, funny, shocking . It is consistently honest, vulnerable, clear . I finished the book reminded of the importance of really hearing people''s stories, of the healing power of the natural world, and of our individual and collective now.-- The Ecologist A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance-- The Week An inspirational true story-- Top Sante A moving true story -- i Paper An uplifting tale -- Cornish Times

Promotional "Headline"

The uplifting true story. A Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize

Product Details

Author
Raynor Winn
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1405937181
ISBN-13
9781405937184
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
288
Subtitle
The Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award & The Wainwright Prize
Publication Date
2019-01-31
Short Title
The Salt Path
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade