The Outrun –

A Lyrical, Brave Memoir It S Liptrot S Aptitude For Marrying Her Inner Space With Wild Outer Spaces That Makes Her Such A Compelling Writer I Enjoyed This Book Enormously WILL SELF Guardian Br Br An Exhilarating Memoir Anyone Who Has Ever Been Unhappy Or Unwise Will Find Much That Resonates In This Powerful, Beautiful Writing CATHY RENTZENBRINK Stylist Br Br Brilliant One Of The Most Scabrously Honest, Sassy And Moving Books About Addiction And Recovery That I Have Read Scotsman Br Br The Outrun Will No Doubt Sit Alongside Richard Mabey S Nature Cure And Helen Macdonald S H Is For Hawk The Sheer Sensuality Of Liptrot S Prose And Her Steely Resolve Immediately Put Her Right Up There With The Best Of The Best Liptrot Is An Orcadian Warrior With The Breeze In Her Blood And Poetry In Her Fingers, And The Outrun May Even Be A Future Classic Wherever She Journeys Next, You Will Want To Go With Her New Statesman Br Br Amy Liptrot Has Lived Her Life On The Edge Of Things, Both Literally And Metaphorically Her Beautiful First Book Gives A Wonderfully Evocative Account Of Both, Blending Searing Memoir With Sublime Nature Writing, And Coming Up With A Unique Piece Of Prose That Amounts To A Stirring Personal Philosophy Of How To Live Her Descriptive Writing Of The Orkney Islands And Their Wildlife Absolutely Sizzles, A Scintillating Mix Of Clear Eyed Insight And Poetic Heart She Ties In Elements Of Myth And Fantasy, Some Of The Islands Remarkable History, And Her Own Visceral Experience To Create Something As Compelling As Any Thriller Amy Liptrot Is The Real Deal, A Writer Whose Voice Seems Fully Formed On The Page, And I Can T Wait To Read What She Writes Next Independent On Sunday Br Br There Is A Great Deal Of Frank, Flinch Making Writing In This Book, But It Is Always Balanced By A Sublimity And Graciousness That Is Rare This Is A Bold Hearted And Brave Minded Book It Is Both Terribly Sad And Awfully Affecting I Look Forward To Its Presence On Some Prize Lists Scotland On Sunday Br Br An Uncompromising Account Of Addiction And Recovery Played Out Against The Blasted Fields Of Orkney Liptrot S Writing Is Strong And Sure The Outrun Is A Bright Addition To The Exploding Genre Of Writing About Place And Our Place In The Natural World Observer Br Br Clean, Clear And Impressive A Sensuous Book, Full Of Summer Nights And Winter Water Liptrot Swims, Walks, Lives Alone On Uninhabited Islands And Observes And From That Comes A Portrait Of The Natural World She Is Absorbed Into Herald Br Br The Outrun Is A Trenchant, Modernist Siren Song To Belonging, Where Herculean Effort And Close Observation Can Root You As Strongly As Bloodlines Caught By The River Br Br Clear Eyed And Brave Psychologies Br Br Stunning There Is Much To Enjoy In This Brave And Uncompromising Account Express Br Br A Meditative Memoir That S A Perfect Antidote For Christmas Excess Red Br Br 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 Br Br Beautiful, Stark And Unflinchi Will SelfCourageous And Clear Sighted The Lady Book Of The Week The LadyMixing Scintillating Nature Writing With Explosive Memoir And Brave Honesty, The Outrun Is A Book About Making Peace With Life On The Edge Of The World Big Issue Big IssueAt 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, Anchor Us And Set Us Free

5 thoughts on “The Outrun

  1. says:

    Thoughtful and thought provoking memoir that manages to scrutinize a complex and often unhappy descent into addiction without self pity or wallowing in squalor The passionate, evocative writing traces connections between external and internal landscapes and scenery in a way that stays with you long after the last page.I ve already bought 3 for friends.

  2. says:

    Beautifully written Gives you a fabulous taste for life in the Northern Scottish Isles Other then bringing a really blunt and realistic insight on her out of control drinking problem, subsequent rehab stint and how to function post rehab, Amy shares really interesting points on the impact of modern technologies and how it can change our relationship to the wilderness of these remote islands, and open new fascinating doors.

  3. says:

    A thoroughly delightful read In recovery myself, I was able to revisit my early days of sobriety through the insights Amy Liptrot provides This was edifying to a now sober soul In many ways it was the story of Dorothy visiting Oz, having a horrendous experience there, and returns to Kansas to find the beauty and healing properties of her home And of course I now desperately want to visit the Orkney Islands, so I can return home and rediscover my self.

  4. says:

    If you know someone who is an alcoholic read this book to really understand ittotally frank and with a unique approach.She is also a brilliant writer who actually makes wanting to visit these remote desolate Scottish Islands seem like a good idea.

  5. says:

    Ms Liptrot has done herself and her readers a fine service having been through some of what she depicts with raw honesty, I can simply say, I get it Her writing is genuinely good, her sentences are almost expertly linked and the memoir flows easily with only a few jolts of compressed time travel Thanks for the fine read, Amy.