The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

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The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

Winner of the Wainwright Prize 2016 and now out in paperback, The Outrun started as a series of columns on Caught by the River. (Read them here.)

At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.


"The Outrun comes as something of a revelation: Liptrot uses technology to enhance her engagement with the natural world - and writes about it superbly...I may be biased, since I'm familiar with both the topography of Orkney and know the badlands of addiction like the back of my track-marked hand - but I enjoyed this book enormously, even as I worried about its brave but vulnerable author, struggling to reach the good life for which her parents once went in search.' - Will Self, The Guardian

"An astonishingly beautiful book. Amy makes most nature writing seem flat and pedestrian. Her account of her addiction and recovery is electric, sexy, immediate and raw, leaving the reader reeling in her wake . . . This is a luminous, life-affirming book, and I have no doubt that I'll be pressing it into people's hands for years to come" - Olivia Laing

"A trenchant, modernist siren song to belonging, where Herculean effort and close observation can root you as strongly as bloodlines." - Emma Warren, Caught by the River. Read the full review here.