The Wild Silence
The incredible Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and follow-up to one of the most talked about books of the decade – the phenomenon and 80-week Sunday Times bestselling The Salt Path
LONGLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2021
‘Beautiful, a thrill to read . . . you feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it’ The Times
‘Brilliant, powerful and touching . . . will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity’ Stephen Moss, author and naturalist
‘A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing’ Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
‘It was the land, the earth, the deep humming background to my very being’
In 2016, days before they were unjustly evicted from their home, Raynor Winn was told her husband Moth was dying.
Instead of giving up they embarked on a life-changing journey: walking the 630-mile South West Coast Path, living by their wits, determination and love of nature.
But all journeys must end and when the couple return to civilisation they find that four walls feel like a prison, cutting them off from the sea and sky that sustained them – that had saved Moth’s life.
So when the chance to rewild an old Cornish farm comes their way, they grasp it, hoping they’ll not only reconnect with the natural world but also find themselves once again on its healing path . . .
‘Confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This book gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry . . . repeatedly’ Sophie Raworth, BBC
‘Winn’s writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose’ i
‘Unflinching . . . There is a luminous conviction to the prose’ Observer
‘Notions of home are poignantly explored . . . wonderful’ Guardian
**Nominated for the Holyer an Gof Memoir Award**
Praise for The Salt Path
‘An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves’ Independent
‘This is what you need right now to muster hope and resilience . . . a beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity’ Stylist
‘The landscape is magical: shapeshifting seas and smugglers’ coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely . . . it’s a tale of triumph; of hope over despair, of love over everything’ The Sunday Times
‘The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told’ Jackie Morris, illustrator of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane
Heartening and comforting . . . The nature writing is beautiful and it is a thrill to read. You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it * The Times * Raynor Winn has written a brilliant, powerful and touching account of her life before and after The Salt Path, which, like her astonishing debut, will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity * Stephen Moss, author and naturalist * A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing * Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry * Written in wise, unflinching, exquisite prose, this is a different kind of journey - into the past, into grief and also into Winn's search for connection. A spiritual journey instead of a physical one, and, for me at least, an even richer one * Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson's Beetle * Deeply personal and spiritual in its exploration of the healing qualities of nature . . . Winn's writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose * i * In this unflinching sequel to The Salt Path, nature provides solace against forebodings of mortality . . . there is a luminous conviction to the prose * Observer * To follow Raynor Winn on her songline back to Cornwall is to know how it feels to walk yourself into the land you love and find peace at the end of the journey * Brian Jackman, travel journalist for The Sunday Times * An uplifting, illuminating read * Daily Mirror * Winn's soul-baring honesty and beautifully remembered, touching conversations will take your breath away * BBC Countryfile * Notions of home are poignantly explored . . . Her evocations of weather, landscape, the sea and her love for her partner, Moth, who has an incurable neurodegenerative condition, are wonderful * Guardian * Full of descriptions of dramatic landscapes that make the reader long for the great outdoors . . . an uplifting and illuminating book * Sunday Express * Heart-rending. A love letter to the natural world in all its wondrous glory . . . spellbinding * Herald * Explores the challenge of returning to mainstream life after homelessness * Daily Express, 2020 Hot Reads * The Wild Silence confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This book gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry . . . repeatedly -- Sophie Raworth This book promises to take you away with the same amazing descriptive and emotive writing found in The Salt Path -- David Atherton, Great British Bake Off Winner 2019 * Waitrose Weekend * Profoundly moving and emotionally transcendent reading * The List * Unflinching . . . Another beautifully poignant read about triumph over adversity, and adjusting to life after immense change * The List * Intimate in feel and ambitious in scope . . . Throughout it all [Winn] retains her faith in the importance of having an almost visceral connection to the land * Observer * This sequel sees the pair trying unsatisfactorily to readjust to normal life before finding ways to reharness nature's healing power * Telegraph * Moving. A must-read for anyone inspired by The Salt Path . . . another thoughtful memoir * Good Housekeeping * The quality of Winn's writing draws us through the story with the same emotional honesty, lyricism and warmth that epitomises The Salt Path * Resurgence & Ecologist * A poignant and passionate, grounded yet uplifting journey of discovery in which we learn what can be found after all seems lost, The Wild Silence is a testament to the transformative power of nature and the fresh hope it nurtures within ourselves * Steven McKenzie, editor of The Big Issue * Picks up the story where Winn's astonishing The Salt Path left off * The New European * Wise, unflinching, exquisite prose -- Rachel Joyce Luminous and touching * Foyles * Raynor Winn's story has become the stuff of legend * Cornwall Life * Writing with such honesty is a trademark of [Winn's] style * The Marshwood Vale Magazine * '9 new books to read this September' * SheerLuxe * Powerful * Writers Forum * Beautiful * Herald * 'Country Life Book of the Week' * Country Life * Down to earth yet astonishing . . . touching * This England *
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