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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 *
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 *

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