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Von and CornwallThey 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 ancient weathered landscape of cliffs sea and sky Yet through every step The Salt PDFEPUBevery encounter and every test along the way. 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 but by then I was just waiting for the book to end I realise I m in a tiny minority here so please read it for yourself to make up your own mind

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The Salt Path

Their walk becomes a remarkable journey The Salt Path is an honest and life affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world Ultimately it is a portrayal of home and how it can be lost rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways. 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 wellThe 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 another The struggle is painful and I admire their perseverance In my comfortable home I cannot begin to feel what they must have felt I can see that this walk worked for them By following the coastal path for nearly 600 miles they manage to face their demons and deal with them as best as they can Hopefully they will have many years together ahead of them

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Just days after Raynor learns that Moth her husband of 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 miles of the sea swept South West Coast Path from Somerset to Dorset via De. 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 animals a vegetable garden and the ability to share their lives as well as pay their bills When they made a failed investment at the advice of an old friend a court case ensued against the Winns At the last minute they procured a document to prove that they were not liable in the court case however the judge refused to accept it into evidence because it wasn t submitted in a timely fashion Not only did they lose the court case but everything they had built together their whole marriage They would be homeless in five days As if this tragedy wasn t enough Moth s persistent shoulder and arm pain was just diagnosed as CBD or corticobasal degeneration a degenerative brain disease If the diagnosis was sound there is no actual test for it in several years Moth could fall into dementia and die by choking on his own saliva Moth was the first one to ever say the words I love you to Raynor and she loved this beautiful man since they were teenagers Raynor remembered reading a book called Five Hundred Mile Walkies decades ago which involved walking the entire coastline from Minehead in Somerset North Devon Cornwall South Devon to Poole in Dorsetotherwise known as the South West Coast Path This would involve walking approximately 630 miles over rivers moorland hills rocks and beachesand wild camping So they stored some treasured furniture purchased a used tent on eBay bought two large rucksacks and put one foot in front of the other Their only financial sustenance was forty eight pounds weekly which would be deposited in their bank a government tax credit due to Moth s recent inability to work and they could withdraw from cash machines I love human interest stories about people who triumph over adversity or at least try Being resourceful finding strength you didn t know you had living life instead of just giving upthis book was all those things The arduous journey had a miraculous curative effect on Moth He was advised to rest by his doctor but the one time they lived in a small cottage in exchange for refurbishing it Moth s body was racked with pain A master wall plasterer by trade he could only work about four hours a day while in extreme pain However once they resumed hiking Moth regained his strength and agility They had to make little money stretch by eating noodles tuna rice and when desperate fudge bars Every morning they would heat up their own tea on a tiny gas stove They would longingly watch other people eat large meals with dessert like they were watching a movie Often times when they would splurge on eating in a shoppe they would share something One time when they shared the best pasty ever made a seagull swooped in and stole it from Raynor They were often hungry hot cold smelly and wet Finding a safe place to pitch the tent for the night was always a challenge Any rare but necessary diversions into a city were a problem with extra and often surly people around and less available options for safely pitching a tent They would breathe a sigh of relief slipping back into the countryside Many times people they encountered would approach becoming intrigued upon seeing older people such as the Winns with large rucksacks and wondering if they were walking the South West Coast Path They would get personal and ask how the Winns had the time to do this They soon found out if they were honest and said they were homeless people would get a distrustful look in their eyes and uickly drift away Raynor talked about the skin peeling off her nose the leathery consistency of her skin and the eventual thin muscular and toned transformation of their bodies The first time she was able to enjoy the use of a communal hot shower she spent a very long time in there washing the bird s nest of her hair and having a good long cry There were also several encounters with morning dog walkers as she suatted to perform her morning constitution There are too many personal stories to recount during this pilgrimage that made this book uniuely special The one part I did not enjoy was the intricately detailed account of nature every step of the way Admittedly I m not a nature lover or outdoorsy person but I just skimmed a bit over those parts Raynor Winn is a very gifted writer and she will sweep you away like one of the many rainstorms they dodgedI ll leave you with what was for me the most beautiful moment of the story Moth said When it does come the end I want you to have me cremated Because I want you to keep me in a box somewhere then when you die the kids can put you in give us a shake and send us on our way Together It s bothered me than anything else the thought of us being apart They can let us go on the coast in the wind and we ll find the horizon together


10 thoughts on “The Salt Path

  1. says:

    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 foreseeab

  2. says:

    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 fa

  3. says:

    This is my favourite non fiction book 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 lo

  4. says:

    Sometimes we need to be reminded how fortunate we are How precious our lives are with all the mundanity and the daily routine that lacks the excitement of the great adventures we imagined in our mind years ago when youth blossomed and expectations raised above the horizonInstead we have “this life” Am I right? SighThis is the kind of book the kind of testimony that is perfect to appreciate what we have; ou

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    At times there was only the walkJust the walkThe path was 630 milesThere are true stories storiesThere are adventure storiesThere are inspiring storiesThere are stories about natureThere are stories about homelessnessThere are stories about walkingThere are stories about camping and camping euipmentThere are stories about that bac

  7. says:

    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 wellThe decisions she and her husband made after having

  8. says:

    Absolutely fantastic This one is well worth the hype

  9. says:

    This book is about an eccentric amusing and incredibly stoic couple called Raynor and Moth who are made homeless

  10. says:

    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 copyIt was a wonderf