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Book Review – The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

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Introduction

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 the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

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Julia's Review

I was given this book to read by a fellow walker who knew that I was undertaking the South West Coastal Path in July 2019.  I was expecting it to be more of a travel guide than an actual novel, but I was hooked and devoured the book in just a few days. 

The writing is beautiful and the way she describes the scenery at each section of the trail will automatically transport you right there.  Not everything is beautiful, and there are some rather horrendous days that they have on the trail, but each episode is described so well that you really feel the true emotion of every detail. 

The story about being made homeless certainly made me appreciate my own life.  I spend way too much money on gear and camping stuff, and this couple in their 50's survived the coastal path on a £39 tent from Tesco's!  Reading about them living on noodles and very little money makes you appreciate that meal that you are eating with your family in the pub.   I learned lots about being homeless and I promise to be less judgemental in the future. 

Fantastic book!