The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The Salt Path

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the an...

Details The Salt Path

TitleThe Salt Path
Release DateMar 22nd, 2018
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Travel, Biography

Reviews The Salt Path

  • Diane S ☔
    A very different spin on those we think of as homeless, because these two people did everything right, and lost everything. Added to this they find out Moth, Raynors husband has a degenerative disease. How much can two people handle? With very little money, with no where to go except sleeping on friends couches for the foreseeable future, they decide to walk. Taking only the necessities, they decide to walk the South West coastal path, 630 miles....
    Thank you to Penguin Books who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss. This is an inspiring memoir written by Raynor Winn, wife of Moth Winn and mother of their adult children Rowan and Thomas. This utterly devoted married couple find themselves homeless at the age of fifty. They've spent their married lives restoring a farmhouse in the English countryside stone by stone, which they also parlayed into a family business. They have farm anim...
  • Bookread2day
    This is my favourite non fiction novel because it's about a mid age couple who tell a true story. It made me cry for them loosing everything that they had worked for all their lives. It also made me cry of how little money they had to buy something to eat on their journey walking to Cornwall. Raynor and Moth had lost their home and their business. The bailiffs came in and took everything that they owned. They have almost no money for food or shel...
  • Ingrid
    After a few pages into the book I googled the author. I had missed before that this is a non-fiction book, a kind of memoir. I thought it was a novel at first because Raynor Winn writes very well.The decisions she and her husband made after having lost nearly everything in their lives are so far beyond how I would react that it makes interesting reading on the one hand and annoying on the other. They run away from one set of problems to encounter...
  • Jane
    When this book first caught my eye I picked it up and but it down again, because I thought that the story it had to tell might pull me down at a time when I needed to be lifted up; but a warm recommendation and the news that the author would be appearing at my local literary festival sent me back to the bookshop to buy a copy.It was a wonderful investment!A story of people who had more than their fair share of trial, but who fought back by realis...
  • Phrynne
    I am not normally a fan of the memoir in general, but this one was pretty good. It had a lot of interest for me in its setting as I spent many childhood holidays in Cornwall and Devon and have family in Poole. So everywhere Ray and Moth went I could visualise the sights and sounds and the beautiful scenery.When I read memoirs I often wonder how the other people in the book feel about having their problems and their lives exposed to the rest of th...
  • El
    I really wanted to like this book. The story has the potential to be a life-affirming, heart-warming work and I love walking but I just couldn't get on with the style which, for me, was flat and monotonous and the tale itself was repetitive and overlong in many areas. I felt it needed harsher editing to pare what is a fascinating story down to its core but there was so much repetition that I lost interest. It did pick up a little towards the end ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    A middle-aged couple in the UK, facing bankruptcy and a terminal illness diagnosis, decides to take off and walk the South West Coast Path in the United Kingdom, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Most identity crisis take-a-walk memoirs are from younger, healthier people who still struggle physically, emotionally, and financially, but all of those elements are worse here. They are frequently mistaken for vagrants, asked to leave, a...
  • Paul
    The bad news came fast, Raynor Winn's husband had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, they had just lost a court case even though they had the evidence that they were not liable for debts and now the bailiffs were hammering on the door to take their farm and livelihood away. Their only income would be £48 per week. It is at times like these that some people would have a breakdown or consider a more permanent end to the problems, they d...
  • Diane
    This is a book that I had expected to LOVE, but things didn't go as planned.I first heard about The Salt Path when I read a positive review in a magazine, with the blurb quote: "Recommended for fans of Cheryl Strayed's Wild." I loved the book Wild and have read it multiple times, so I jumped to request The Salt Path. However, I ended up feeling lukewarm about it.Let's start with what I liked about SP, which is that it's a travelogue in England ...
  • Emma
    A beautiful book that made me think about what’s really important to me and what matters in my world. Moth and Raynor find themselves homeless, and then things get even worse when Moth is diagnosed with a terminal illness. With nothing else to do, and no where else to go they walk the South West Coastal path. The bravery and sheer determination the couple have is breathtaking. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly. It’s made me grateful...
  • Liina Bachmann
    This will be an unpopular opinion amongst the five-star reviews - I found the book extremely tedious and at points downright irritating. It was not emotionally engaging at all for me. Although it has all the elements why it should and could be: a middle age couple loses they're home and everything they have ever worked for and on top of that, the husband is diagnosed with a terminal illness. So they decide to walk for 630 miles on a coastal path....
  • Rebecca
    It was the worst of times. Just after Winn learned that her husband Moth had CBD, a rare degenerative brain disease, they lost a court case pertaining to their investment in a friend’s failed business; bailiffs seized their house to pay off the debt. They’d relied on renting out their barn as a holiday cottage, so in one fell swoop their home and livelihood were gone. For two fifty-somethings, one of them terminally ill, the decision to buy m...
  • Fiona
    A couple are sued in respect of an investment debt and lose their home and their livelihood. Having been made homeless and simultaneously finding out that Moth has a terminal illness, they decide to walk the 630 mile south west coastal path, rough camping (illegal in England) along the way and living (barely) on an income of less than £50 per week.This much lauded book was shortlisted for both the Costa and Wainwright prizes and is described eve...
  • Lisa Wolf
    I feel like I could just make a list of relevant adjectives and leave my review at that:Powerful.Beautiful.Moving.Inspiring.Courageous.Not enough? Okay, here goes, with a bit more commentary.In The Salt Path, author Raynor Winn shares the painful story of how she and her husband Moth lost their family farm after a lengthy legal battle stemming from an investment with a friend. While not all that much detail is given about the case itself, it soun...
  • Fondantsurprise
    I wanted to love this book. I’d heard so many amazing things about it. But I struggled. I don’t want to leave an unkind review so I’ll say — some of the nature writing is beautiful. I just didn’t get on at all with the internal commentary.
  • Helen
    This is a memoir, following a middle aged couple, Ray and Moth, as they lose their family home in a complex legal battle and Moth receives the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. With not much left to lose, they embark upon a 630 mile backpacking adventure along the South West Coast Path, with only the barest of essentials and minimal money. This book was absolutely stunning, deeply personal and highly emotional. I was in tears from the ...
  • Spurnlad
    Disappointing. Too much self-pity for my liking. A great idea and a good choice for the situation, but i just couldn't identify with the people.
  • Perri
    "Winn and her husband Moth, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness become homeless after a bad investment and decide to walk the the Cornish coastline." It sounds horribly depressing, but it's really rather empowering as she is given the gift of time and travel to take measure of her life and what's important. There's introspection and connections with nature and people, sometimes humorously described, but always human. And since this is a jour...
  • Nigel
    I'm going to be a bit of an odd one out here. I was looking for forward to this. I know parts of the South West Coast path fairly well. It's a true story about folk who are having a pretty bad time. It should be good. Parts certainly were and I definitely enjoyed some of it. However other bits left me cold or worse. I found the author quite hard to like (though her husband seemed OK but this is not from his perspective). There were times when I f...
  • Peter Tillman
    With 600+ reviews here already, I will be brief. This is a good memoir of a very tough year for the author and her husband. The outline is just above you, and the best review I saw online is here,, if you are a walker, or like reading a good memoir with an upbeat ending, this is a first-rate one and I recommend it. Strong 4 stars.
  • Beth Bonini
    This profoundly satisfying memoir/travelogue could be lodged under more than one category or genre on the bookshelf. It’s an adventure story: in which a middle-aged couple attempt to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path, camping ‘wild’ all the way. It’s a survival story: in which the elements, hunger, destitution and a frightening medical diagnosis all feature. It’s a story of social awareness: in which middle-class home owners can l...
  • Aoife
    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Salt Path is a non-fiction novel about how Raynor Winn and her husband Moth lose their home and pretty much the entirety of their income and with nowhere to go, decide to start walking the South West Coast Path. This should have been a refreshing but emotional read for me but unfortunately it just completely fell flat for me. ...
  • Kiwi Begs2Differ ✎
    This is the true story of a middle-aged couple, Moth and Ray, who due to a badly handled court case suddenly find themselves homeless, having lost their home and livelihood; and if it wasn’t enough, there are further bad news: Moth is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Contrary to medical advice, they embark on a 630 miles journey on foot, wild camping along the South West Coast Path. They have forty-eight pounds a week in tax credits, sometime...
  • Michele
    For me this is another 'H is for Hawk': a profoundly moving, deeply personal account of a year and a bit in the life of Raynor Winn as she and her terminally ill husband walk the South West Coast Path after losing their home and most of their money.As someone who used to love taking long walks, but now cannot because of an inoperable knee injury, I took great pleasure in reading this book. It made me laugh and made me cry, but it also gave me hop...
  • Val
    My thanks to Penguin for picking my name out of the hat for their giveaway! I have to admit to putting the book down for a time because the first 19 pages I read had ripped my heart out. I sobbed as I read them. In one fell swoop, this couple lost everything. Raynor Winn and her husband Moth lost their home, their livelihood, and their savings. As if that weren't soul-destroying enough, then Moth was diagnosed with a terminal illness. (It's even ...
  • Renee Godding
    Either 3.5 or 4 stars. Not quite sure yet. Review to come
  • Andy
    This is such a readable book, well written and rewarding and with some very valid points to make.
  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    Inspirational true story with a beautiful narrative.
  • Lydia Bailey
    I was initially disappointed that this book wasn’t fiction. The blurb does lead you to believe it is. It is, however, very well written & extremely interesting. An autobiographical tale of a married couple in their fifties who, after a series of devastating blows, decide to walk the entire south west path (650 miles) because, really, they ‘had nothing better to do.’ In so doing, with hardly any money & therefore wild camping & living off fu...