Bookseller Reviews, Kim – The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Give the gift of nature with this inspiring story of hope and the healing powers of the natural world, in one of the most talked about books of the decade’. This is what you need right now to muster hope and resilience . . .
A beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity’ Stylist ‘A beautiful book, it really lives up to the hype . . .
An enjoyable, gentle yet moving read’ Pandora Sykes
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.
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’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
I wanted to read something with heart over this lockdown and so many customers had suggested reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. The beginning had me in tears – to lose everything and deal with Moth’s diagnosis of CPD broke my heart the final blow was the loss of their last sheep. Raynor and Moth make the brave or stupid decision to walk the Salt Path, from Minehead in Somerset, with nothing but a tent and a backpack each.
Although the beginning of the book is incredibly sad, the rest of book is truly uplifting, as they both have moments of hardship, laughter – and life affirming decisions are made. The characters they meet along the way give a insightful look into how the homeless are treated and the good and bad in people. One thing that struck me was their willingness to give the little they had to help others.
The relationship between Raynor and Moth is beautiful – they weather storms together and find the best in a bad situation. Going on the journey with them was a beautiful experience and to anyone who is looking for an inspirational true story I would highly recommend this book.
I’m writing at a time when I’m also reading The Wild Silence, and enjoying the second chapter in their lives where although they are more stable, they still have different trials to bear. The relationship between the healing power of nature is still at the forefront of the autobiography.