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The Wild Silence

Raynor Winn



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01 June 2021
The second instalment to the hugely successful Costa prize shortlister, The Salt Path, and the continued, powerful true story of the couple who lost everything Nature holds the answers for Raynor and her husband Moth. After walking 630 homeless miles along The Salt Path, living on the windswept and wild English coastline; the cliffs, the sky and the chalky earth now feel like their home.

Moth has a terminal diagnosis, but against all medical odds, he seems revitalised in nature. Together on the wild coastal path, with their feet firmly rooted outdoors, they discover that anything is possible.

Now life beyond the Salt Path awaits and they come back to four walls, but the sense of home is illusive and returning to normality is proving difficult - until an incredible gesture by someone who reads their story changes everything.

A chance to breathe life back into a beautiful farmhouse nestled deep in the Cornish hills; rewilding the land and returning nature to its hedgerows, becomes their saving grace and their new path to follow.

The Wild Silence is a story of hope triumphing over despair, of lifelong love prevailing over everything. It is a luminous account of the human spirit's instinctive connection to nature, and how vital it is for us all.
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   202g
ISBN:   9780241401477
ISBN 10:   024140147X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Since travelling the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She lives in Cornwall. This is her first book.

Reviews for The Wild Silence

'Country Life Book of the Week' * Country Life * Beautiful * Herald * Powerful * Writers Forum * '9 new books to read this September' * SheerLuxe * Writing with such honesty is a trademark of [Winn's] style * The Marshwood Vale Magazine * Raynor Winn's story has become the stuff of legend * Cornwall Life * Luminous and touching * Foyles * Wise, unflinching, exquisite prose -- Rachel Joyce Picks up the story where Winn's astonishing The Salt Path left off * The New European * A poignant and passionate, grounded yet uplifting journey of discovery in which we learn what can be found after all seems lost, The Wild Silence is a testament to the transformative power of nature and the fresh hope it nurtures within ourselves * Steven McKenzie, editor of The Big Issue * The quality of Winn's writing draws us through the story with the same emotional honesty, lyricism and warmth that epitomises The Salt Path * Resurgence & Ecologist * Moving. A must-read for anyone inspired by The Salt Path . . . another thoughtful memoir * Good Housekeeping * This sequel sees the pair trying unsatisfactorily to readjust to normal life before finding ways to reharness nature's healing power * Telegraph * Intimate in feel and ambitious in scope . . . Throughout it all [Winn] retains her faith in the importance of having an almost visceral connection to the land * Observer * Unflinching . . . Another beautifully poignant read about triumph over adversity, and adjusting to life after immense change * The List * Profoundly moving and emotionally transcendent reading * The List * This book promises to take you away with the same amazing descriptive and emotive writing found in The Salt Path -- David Atherton, Great British Bake Off Winner 2019 * Waitrose Weekend * The Wild Silence confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This book gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry . . . repeatedly -- Sophie Raworth Explores the challenge of returning to mainstream life after homelessness * Daily Express, 2020 Hot Reads * Heart-rending. A love letter to the natural world in all its wondrous glory . . . spellbinding * Herald * Full of descriptions of dramatic landscapes that make the reader long for the great outdoors . . . an uplifting and illuminating book * Sunday Express * Notions of home are poignantly explored . . . Her evocations of weather, landscape, the sea and her love for her partner, Moth, who has an incurable neurodegenerative condition, are wonderful * Guardian * Winn's soul-baring honesty and beautifully remembered, touching conversations will take your breath away * BBC Countryfile * An uplifting, illuminating read * Daily Mirror * To follow Raynor Winn on her songline back to Cornwall is to know how it feels to walk yourself into the land you love and find peace at the end of the journey * Brian Jackman, travel journalist for The Sunday Times * In this unflinching sequel to The Salt Path, nature provides solace against forebodings of mortality . . . there is a luminous conviction to the prose * Observer * Deeply personal and spiritual in its exploration of the healing qualities of nature . . . Winn's writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose * i * Written in wise, unflinching, exquisite prose, this is a different kind of journey - into the past, into grief and also into Winn's search for connection. A spiritual journey instead of a physical one, and, for me at least, an even richer one * Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson's Beetle * A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing * Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry * Raynor Winn has written a brilliant, powerful and touching account of her life before and after The Salt Path, which, like her astonishing debut, will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity * Stephen Moss, author and naturalist * Heartening and comforting . . . The nature writing is beautiful and it is a thrill to read. You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it * The Times *

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