The Outrun - Canons (Paperback)Amy Liptrot (author)
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A powerful and inspirational read, Liptrot’s award-winning volume is both confessional memoir of recovery from addiction and sublime meditation on the therapeutic qualities of time spent immersed in the wilds of nature.
When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.
Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father's mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life.
She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.
Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney's wildlife - puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings - and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey towards recovery from addiction.
The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
Edition: Main - Canons
'A lyrical, brave memoir. It's Liptrot's aptitude for marrying her inner-space with wild outer-spaces that makes her such a compelling writer ... I enjoyed this book enormously' - Will Self, The Guardian
'The sheer sensuality of Liptrot's prose and her steely resolve immediately put her right up there with the best of the best. Liptrot is an Orcadian warrior with the breeze in her blood and poetry in her fingers, and The Outrun may even be a future classic. Wherever she journeys next, you will want to go with her' - The New Statesman
'An exhilarating memoir ... Anyone who has ever been unhappy or unwise will find much that resonates in this powerful, beautiful writing' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist
'An uncompromising account of addiction and recovery played out against the blasted fields of Orkney. Liptrot's writing is strong and sure. The Outrun is a bright addition to the exploding genre of writing about place and our place in the natural world' - The Observer
'Remarkable ... a meditative interior journey which Liptrot elevates to an art' - The Spectator
'Brilliant ... one of the most scabrously honest, sassy and moving books about addiction and recovery that I have read' - The Scotsman
'An astonishingly beautiful book. Amy makes most nature writing seem flat and pedestrian. Her account of her addiction and recovery is electric, sexy, immediate and raw, leaving the reader reeling in her wake ... This is a luminous, life-affirming book, and I have no doubt that I'll be pressing it into people's hands for years to come' - Olivia Laing
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