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The Salt Path : The Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award & The Wainwright Prize

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The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.

''A beautiful book, it really lives up to the hype . . . an enjoyable, gentle yet moving read' Pandora Sykes on The High Low

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE CHRISTOPHER BLAND PRIZE & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2018
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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, 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 life-affirming 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.
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GUARDIAN BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER

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

'Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read' i

'A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance' The Week

'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

'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

'The landscape is magical: shape-shifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely . . . It's a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything' The Sunday Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405937181
  • 9781405937184
  • 153

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A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance Guardian
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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 * 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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About Raynor Winn

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.
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3 14% (1,079)
2 3% (248)
1 1% (92)
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