Format Hardcover
Publication Date 09/05/23
ISBN 9781639364930
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 320

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The Remarkable Story of a Thousand-Mile Journey

Raynor Winn

The powerful story of a 1,000-mile healing walk—from the lochs of Scotland to England's southwest coast—in a remarkable evocation of modern-day Britain.

Raynor Winn knows that her husband Moth’s health is declining, getting worse by the day. She knows of only one cure. It worked once before. But will he—can he?—set out with her on another healing walk?

The Cape Wrath Trail is hundreds of miles of grueling terrain through Scotland's remotest mountains and lochs. But the lure of the wilderness and the beguiling beauty of the awaiting glens draw them northwards. Being one with nature saved them in their darkest hour years earlier—and their hope is that this experience can work its magic again.

So Raynor and Moth embark on an incredible thousand-mile journey: from Scotland to the familiar shores of the South West Coast Path, from Northumberland to the Yorkshire moors, and from Wales to home again. As they map with each step the landscape of their island nation, they find themselves facing existential questions—about themselves and about their country—during this epic, inspiring odyssey.

Raynor Winn is the bestselling author of The Salt Path and The Wild Silence. The Salt Path won the inaugural RSL Christopher Bland Prize and was shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award and the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize. The Wild Silence was shortlisted for the 2021 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. She is a regular long-distance walker and writes about the nature of our relationship to the land. She lives in Cornwall with her husband Moth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Inspiring. The narrative is so vividly drawn and emotionally resonant that most readers will come to feel like one of the family, sharing their pain and uncertainty and eventual triumph. This is an unforgettable story about fragility girded by resolve and the courage to keep going, even if it’s just that one more step, and to hold fast to hope. Winn exudes the soul of a poet and the grit of a survivor.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for The Salt Path and The Wild Silence:

"A remarkable and redemptive journey." - Financial Times

"Winn’s prose is powerful. She excels at description, and her apt metaphors are rooted in nature… an inspiring read, reminding us that there is salvation in nature, movement and the out-of-doors." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The book is full of such precise and engaging descriptions of deer, badgers, gulls, eagles and curlews. Recognizing her place in the natural world helps Winn to come to terms with mortality [and] that humans are part of the natural cycle of life, death and renewal offers Winn reassurance.” The New York Times Book Review
“Raynor Winn is a master of writing about nature and grief. A gripping story about a search for home, resilience and emotion, all the while in conversation with the sea.” - The Guardian

“Winn writes with great humor, reflection and generosity.” Salon
"Winn's chronicle is filled with beauty, humor and surprises. Glorious landscape a given, the loveliest scenery is the pair themselves, their affection and easy camaraderie treasures to behold." Shelf Awareness
"Readers are immersed in a grueling and transformative adventure. Like the Winns, one feels 'salted' by the experience, however vicariously, drawn to the edge in defiance of fate and in search of a new life. They found it as well as a measure of acceptance, and their story is indelibly told.” Kirkus Reviews
“Heartfelt and heartening. A full-throated paean to the fundamental importance of nature in all its glory, fury and impermanence.” The Wall Street Journal
"Readers will delight in Winn's account here of falling in love with Moth. A must-read for lovers of [The Salt Path]; fans of nature writing should also check this out." Booklist
"Winn’s writing beautifully evokes the natural world, whether she is describing a doe rummaging in an orchard or her innermost conflicted feelings. This is a perfect 'what happened next’ memoir." Library Journal
"A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing." - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

"A thrill to read. The nature writing is beautiful, heartening and comforting. You feel the world is a better place." The Times (London)