Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. 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.
They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as 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 nature. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.
The Salt Path, a number one Sunday Times Bestseller, was published by Michael Joseph in April 2018. It is available in hardback, paperback, Ebook and Audiobook. The Salt Path is also a bestseller in Germany.
Since travelling the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She lives in Cornwall. The Salt Path was her first book. Her second book Wild Silence will be published by Michael Joseph in April 2020.
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'This is an extraordinary story and the Winn’s 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