Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, they lose their home and their livelihood as farmers. With nothing left and little time, they put one foot in front of another and keep going for 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, camping and surviving on the little food they can afford. Yet every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, rebuilds them, and their walk develops into an eventful and remarkable return journey from the depths of despair.
THE SALT PATH
The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story about love, home and the healing power of nature. A number 1 Sunday Times bestseller and now an international bestseller, The Salt Path, published by Michael Joseph in April 2018 is available in hardback, paperback, Ebook and Audiobook (read by the author). It is also published around the world in 13 languages.
THE WILD SILENCE NEW
Raynor's new book THE WILD SILENCE was published in September 2020, to rave reviews in The Times, The Observer, The Metro and Good Housekeeping.
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The Wild Silence
“You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it...this is a book about her love for the land and the sea, but it is mainly about her enduring passion for Moth, the ‘wild, unstoppable’ man who has spent his life turning left when told to go right and who has always been most himself in the wide embrace of the natural world.” Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times
“Forced to confront mortality wherever she turns, her prose is extraordinary: wise, unflinching, exquisite" The Observer
“Winn’s soul-baring honesty and beautifully remembered, touching conversations will take your breath away. Ultimately, this gorgeous book is about love – for a person (“my wild unity”) and for the land (“the deep humming background to my very being”) – and hope.” BBC Countryfile
“…This is a book about the oneness of all living things, the power of serendipity to shape lives, hope triumphing over despair, and the healing energy of Nature for both body and soul. Above all, it is a book about love – the enduring love between two people, and the profound love of humans for their landscape.” Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
The Salt Path
'This is an extraordinary story and the Winns are captivating company as they meet their juggernaut of adversity head on, by walking… an unputdownable tale and a temple to equanimity.' Tristan Gooley, (The Wall Street Journal)
'The Salt Path is a book about a love that holds strong despite privations and about the way we judge others. It uses a shifting landscape of feeling that says much about the power of nature, the stigma of homeless, and the unexpected choices that can change lives' Gillian Slovo (Chair of Judges for the Christopher Bland Prize)
'Lives up to the Hype!' Pandora Sykes
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)
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)
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 Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane)
You lost me a whole night's work. This is a great read.
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.
'I suspect I’ve just read the most inspirational book of this year...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
“Lyrical, poignant, and full of heart, Raynor Winn's Salt Path is outdoor writing—or simply any kind of writing, at its very best…this is a story of hope, love, and the life-affirming power of living simply in the outdoors.” Judges of the National Outdoor book awards 2019