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The Outrun

The Outrun (Hardback)

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WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME PRIZE 2016 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 towards 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.

BiographyMemoirsEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyCoping with personal problemsCoping with drug & alcohol abuseNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & pets Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 14/01/2016 ISBN-13: 9781782115472  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Amy Liptrot has published her work with various magazines, journals and blogs and she has written a regular column for Caught by the River out of which The Outrun has emerged. As well as writing for local newspaper, Orkney Today, and editing the Edinburgh Student newspaper, Amy has worked as an artist's model, a trampolinist and in a shellfish factory. The Outrun was awarded the 2016 Wainwright Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 Wellcome Prize.

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I am truly overwhelmed by The Outrun. Part rediscovery-of-self memoir, part salute to nature and her Orcadian upbringing, completely engrossing. Amy writes with raw words, often beautiful and harsh in turns. The Outrun (the book, not the patch of wild near the farm of her youth) follows Amy through London and alcoholism, chasing wild highs and life's edges, to her return to the islands of the North, to discover new ways of life for herself. Honestly this book is wonderful, blunt and honest, delicate and hopeful. If you like H is for Hawk, this would be a great next step.

- 28/12/2016
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I really liked this book because it has a directness and simplicity about it that gives it a stark beauty like the landscapes it describes. Amy does nothing by halves and pulls no punches in describing her unusual journey from the depths of self destruction to finding a way to make some sense of her life.

- 07/03/2016
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Staff Choice

Midway through Amy Liptrot's beautiful memoir, she explains that atmospheric turbulence around the earth disturbs a star's travelling light, making it appear to twinkle. And there's something of that light - travelling far, struggling to reach us - that runs deeply through The Outrun. Gradually coming to terms with her alcoholism, against the backdrop of the stormy and rugged Orkneys, Amy Liptrot begins to slowly and kindly carve out a space for herself. This is moving and gorgeous, full of poise and elegance - you must read it.
 

Gary, Buying Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 09/11/2016

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