The Salt Path

The Salt Path

Book - 2018
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"In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their house and received a terminal diagnosis that took away their future together. With nowhere to call home, they instead embarked on a journey: to walk the South West Coast Path, a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. This ancient, wind-battered landscape lays them bare, stripping away every comfort they have ever known. With almost no money for food or shelter, carrying the essentials for survival on their backs, they wild camp on beaches and clifftops. Until slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk sets them on a road of discovery. They don't know how far they will travel, but unexpectedly, they find themselves on a path to freedom.The Salt Path is an unflinchingly honest, inspiring and life-affirming true story about coming to terms with grief and the healing power of nature. Ultimately, it is a book about home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected of ways."--
Publisher: London :, Michael Joseph,, 2018
ISBN: 9780241349649
Branch Call Number: 921 W776
Characteristics: viii, 274 pages : map ; 23 cm
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This excellent and prizewinning debut memoir begins with a terminal illness diagnosis for Raynor Winn’s husband, followed just days later by losing their farm and livelihood due to a loan to a friend that soured. The couple who are in their fifties (with kids off at university) face their new rea... Read More »

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May 31, 2020

The pandemic has made this book all the more relevant. Every day is a gift. Go for a walk.

FPL_John Jan 29, 2020

I thought this book was good when I finished it, but the more I keep thinking about it, the more I realize it was great. It seems like it should have been boring, it's just about two people walking around. But the emotional journey it takes you on will stay with you long after you finish it. Moth and Wynn think they have lost everything, but on their walk they realize that as long as you are alive there is hope, and if there is hope there can be joy and happiness.

Sep 16, 2019

This is a beautiful story of love and resiliency in the face of illness and material loss. I don't think I will ever see a homeless person again in the same light. And if ever there were soulmates in this world, it would be Moth and Ray. These two share a wealth of love that no amount of money can buy. The book is an enduring testament to the regenerative power of nature on the human soul.

Aug 30, 2019

Beautifully written but at times a bit tedious/repetitive but perhaps this is how it must be written of the journey that Raynor and Moth took to find themselves. Now wonder what happened next. She seems to be successful in book and tours along the path but how did the entrance into uni work out?? Also seems that Moth is living still ??

Aug 24, 2019

A tedious account of bad choices. I cut my losses at page 70.

Aug 13, 2019

This book was a fantastic read. It’s made me think greatly about how we treat homeless people and how fortunate I’ve been to always have a roof over my head. The journey of this couple was truly inspiring and beautifully written.

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