The Outrun : A Memoir

The Outrun : A Memoir

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“It’s wild writing: sexy, unguarded, raw, and ardent … highly recommended.”—The Millions

After a decade of heavy partying and hard drinking in London, Amy Liptrot returns home to Orkney, a remote island off the north of Scotland. The Outrun maps Amy’s inspiring recovery as she walks along windy coasts, swims in icy Atlantic waters, tracks Orkney’s wildlife, and reconnects with her parents, revisiting and rediscovering the place that shaped her.

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

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc.,, 2017
ISBN: 9780393609004
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Nov 22, 2017

A wonderful, well written memoir with beautiful asides about living in the Orkney Islands. I will go there someday and think of Amy as I explore.

martha_w Jul 06, 2017

I initially picked this up not because of the subject matter but the setting -- addiction memoirs aren't generally my cup of tea, but it's set largely on the Orkney islands in Scotland, which I'll be visiting this summer, and I thought it might make for an interesting read. And 'interesting' doesn't really begin to cover it. This is extremely reminiscent of Helen MacDonald's "H is for Hawk" in that that book was equally about grief and hawks, in the same way that this book is equally about the Orkneys and alcoholism, but while MacDonald's book at times felt claustrophobic, so centered on her relationship with her hawk, holed up in her tiny house, this one felt wild and open and wide-ranging, much like the landscapes Liptrot describes. The writing is absolutely beautiful, and if you don't finish this book with an intense desire to drop everything and hop on a plane to Scotland, then I'll be quite surprised. The bits about addiction are good enough, but it is the meditation on the power of nature (and specifically the Orkneys) that makes this unforgettable.

Jun 21, 2017

A fascinating read in many different ways.

Jan 09, 2017

This is a book about addiction and the restorative power of nature. For anyone who has visited the spectacularly beautiful Orkney Islands, this book will be particularly enjoyable.


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