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The Outrun Hardcover – 14 Jan 2016
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"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 Guardian)
"An exhilarating memoir . . . Anyone who has ever been unhappy or unwise will find much that resonates in this powerful, beautiful writing" (CATHY RENTZENBRINK Stylist)
"Brilliant . . . one of the most scabrously honest, sassy and moving books about addiction and recovery that I have read" (Scotsman)
"The Outrun will no doubt sit alongside Richard Mabey's Nature Cure and Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk - 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" (New Statesman)
"Amy Liptrot has lived her life on the edge of things, both literally and metaphorically. Her beautiful first book gives a wonderfully evocative account of both, blending searing memoir with sublime nature writing, and coming up with a unique piece of prose that amounts to a stirring personal philosophy of how to live. Her descriptive writing of the [Orkney] islands and their wildlife absolutely sizzles, a scintillating mix of clear-eyed insight and poetic heart. She ties in elements of myth and fantasy, some of the islands' remarkable history, and her own visceral experience to create something as compelling as any thriller. Amy Liptrot is the real deal, a writer whose voice seems fully formed on the page, and I can't wait to read what she writes next" (Independent on Sunday)
"There is a great deal of frank, flinch-making writing in this book, but it is always balanced by a sublimity and graciousness that is rare. This is a bold-hearted and brave-minded book. It is both terribly sad and awfully affecting. I look forward to its presence on some prize lists" (Scotland on Sunday)
"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" (Observer)
"Clean, clear and impressive . . . a sensuous book, full of summer nights and winter water. Liptrot swims, walks, lives alone on uninhabited islands and observes. And from that comes a portrait of the natural world she is absorbed into" (Herald)
"The Outrun is a trenchant, modernist siren song to belonging, where Herculean effort and close observation can root you as strongly as bloodlines" (Caught by the River)
"Clear-eyed and brave" (Psychologies)
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Even if you've not been to Orkney, or had any understanding of addictive behaviours this is a beautifully and creatively written book one that proves above all else how much we need to cherish to differences in our society, in our rural and urban areas and in the variety of ways in which these differences can unexpectedly enrich our lives. It has changed the way I think about one or two things.
It is so many things in one! A book of personal despair and recovery, a wonderful insight into nature, an opportunity to 'live' for a time in the Orkney Islands. I agree entirely with those who have said that they wanted to start again the moment they came to the end of the book.
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