Liptrot, Amy The Outrun: A Memoir

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The Outrun: A Memoir

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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 toward 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.

A Guardian Best Nonfiction Book of 2016
Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
New Statesman Book of the Year

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A lyrical, brave memoir... [Liptrot] walks the hills and dances between the standing stones of Stenness; she joins a wild swimming club and, hauling herself from the gelid waters, 'naked on the beach, I am a selkie slipped from its skin.' It's this aptitude Liptrot has for marrying her inner-space with wild outer-spaces that makes her such a compelling writer--and one to watch.--Will Self

[A] gorgeous debut. . . . Full of lucid self-discovery and shimmering prose.

[Liptrot's] prose is spare, lean, and beautiful, much like the country about which she writes.

Spectacular. . . . This magnificent memoir is a record of transformation in its truest sense

The Outrun is an astonishingly beautiful book... Her account of her addiction and recovery is electric, sexy, immediate, and raw, leaving the reader reeling in her wake. And yet she's also elegant, thoughtful, and controlled... 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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An exhilarating nature memoir about recovering from alcoholism in Orkney that was a runaway hit in hardback - 'A future classic' New Statesman

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