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The Salt Path


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A moving memoir about how losing everything led a couple to embark on an inspirational journey.

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Farmer's daughter Raynor Winn worked as a trainee clerk in a magistrate's court, while studying for a law degree in her spare time, until she traded in her urban life to acquire and restore a ruined farm in Wales. The farm became her home and her business for 20 years. Since her homeless period, she has become a regular long-distance walker and has written about her homelessness for Big Issue and Pavement magazines. A prolific reader and lifelong nature lover, Raynor now lives in Cornwall with her husband Moth and their dog. The author and her husband are planning further extreme walks.


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 *
A gem of a book * Guardian, Best Books of Summer *
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 *
A moving true story * i Paper *
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 *
Beautiful, sad, erudite and uplifting * The New European *
An uplifting tale * Cornish Times *
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 inspirational true story * Top Sante *
It's a heart-warming, heart-wrenching story, told by Raynor in vivid yet plain prose. There are so many wonderful passages * Church Times *
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 *
An extraordinary memoir - moving, funny and uplifting * Open Up *
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 *
This uplifting tale of happiness in the face of adversity * Metro, Top 5 Classic Female Memoirs *

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