The Salt Path
The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2018
‘A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance’ Guardian
Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. 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.
Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, 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.
‘Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I’ve ever read’ i
‘A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance’ The Week
‘An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves’ Independent
‘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
‘The landscape is magical: shape-shifting seas and smugglers’ coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely . . . It’s a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything’ The Sunday Times