Books Non-Fiction Reviews

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

July 20, 2020

I'll be honest, I never had any intention of ever reading a book like this. The Salt Path is a biography merged with nature nonfiction. Absolutely not my thing. I would have never picked it up in-store. However, after talking to one of our lovely neighbours about books she told me about this and then leant it to me. Anne, whilst you'll never read this thank you so much. I adored this book and have already pre-ordered the next one.

Raynor Winn and her husband Moth in the space of two weeks have their entire life flipped upside down. Their house is repossessed after an ill-fated investment with a 'friend' and Moth finds out he's terminally ill. What do they do, they decide to walk the coastal path from Somerset to Dorset via Devon and Cornwall.

You get to know these two people so intimately through their journey, you see the history of their relationship, laugh and cry along with them. To walk this distance at any age is a feat nevermind doing so in their fifties whilst one has a rare brain disease. I was surprised how much humour there was and how often I found myself giggling considering what a sad start the book has. Along with Raynor and Moth you enjoy their little moments of joy, a good bag of chips, wild swimming and the friends they make along the way. It makes you appreciate what you have when you have it. The description of the land makes you feel like you're there and the tender way in which she relates Moth's experience of the walk is both heartwarming and heartwrenching.

There was a phrase that stuck with me, the idea of being Salted, having been through something that changes you and you're marked by it but not in a bad way. I liked that.

I can't wait to read Raynor's next book.


Name: The Salt Path

Author: Raynor Winn

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 274

ISBN: 978-1-405-93718-4

Rating: 5/5

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Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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