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The Salt Path
The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their house and received a terminal diagnosis that took away their future together. With nowhere to call home, they instead embarked on a journey: to walk the South West Coast Path, a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. This ancient, wind-battered landscape lays them bare, stripping away every comfort they have ever known. With almost no money for food orshelter, carrying the essentials for survival on their backs, they wild camp on beaches and clifftops. Until slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk sets them on a road of discovery. They don't know how far they will travel, but unexpectedly, they find themselves on a path to freedom. The Salt Path is an unflinchingly honest, inspiring and life-affirming true story about coming to terms with grief and the healing power of nature. Ultimately, it is a book about home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected of ways.
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Soozee
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Day 1 #7days7covers #covercrush

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batsy I love this one too 💙 4d
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KarenUK
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Awww Cindy! You are the kindest! Thank you so much for the surprise mail!
This one sounds like something I would love. That coastline is just so beautiful and the story sounds heartbreaking 💔
And I love that this book has made its own journey from Litten-to-Litten 🌎💕
So sad you didn‘t make it to SoFL this time, but I know we‘ll catch up soon. Hope your summer was wonderful, but I also know how lovely it is to return to a home-away-from-home.💕

KarenUK @cinfhen Just noticed, the card matches my dress today! 😊🍍🍍🍍 4w
TrishB Ahhh cool 👍🏻 sharing the Litsy love 💖 hope you like it. 4w
Cinfhen Glad I could share with you!!! I‘m pretty sure you‘re gonna LOVE this book and it is extra special since it originated from the wonderful @TrishB How lucky we all are to have found each other 💚💚💚 4w
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Tamra
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I enjoyed this story of two “old” (50) married hikers (as they are consistently described by others), because A. I am that age and B. it centers around a fear most people at this age have, i.e. losing “everything.” I also enjoy nature writing so that was a big plus. It has some repetitiveness, but overall it was an enjoyable listen!

I think many of us fantasize being free from society, but damn those pesky details like eating. 😏

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt3 This memoir is from a woman who loses everything except her partner & a love of walking. Within a short period, Raynor loses her family farmhouse, her savings & her husband Moth is diagnosed with a terminal brain disease. Becoming homeless at their age could have broken them, instead they use the last of their money to buy a tent, sleeping bags & backpacks, and set off to walk the South West Coast Path from Somerset to Cornwall.

RachelAmphlett Fabulously written, heartbreakingly sad - read this earlier in the year, and I‘m so glad I did. 2mo
Crazeedi I have this one on my tbr 2mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Crazeedi me too 😊 2mo
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RowReads1
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Used bookstore grabs.

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squirrelbrain
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Read this in an afternoon.... it‘s somehow sad and uplifting at the same time.

Highly recommended...

TrishB Love your pic 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely dreamy pic 👍🏻... must give this one a go 2mo
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jenniferw88
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Can't be anything other than 5 🌟.

@Cinfhen more photos of places mentioned when they reach Dorset.

1. Old Harry Rocks
2. Swanage
3. Bournemouth
4. Lulworth Cove
5. Tyneham
6. Durdle Door
7. Portland
8. Chesil Beach
9. Lyme Regis

Scochrane26 Beautiful 2mo
Cinfhen I love all these visuals!! Really adds to the memoir ❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have to get to back to England ( for more than 6 hours) before I die!! These places are gorgeous!! 2mo
suzie.reads Used to spend my summers at Durdle Door when we were younger, we had a caravan on the site there. Beautiful place! 2mo
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jenniferw88
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Is it bad that when I first read Mr Armitage I though of Richard, not Simon? Am I no longer a Litten as I didn't get the literary connection?!

Melissa_J I totally would have thought of Richard, too 😊 2mo
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jenniferw88
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Images of Poole for @Cinfhen & anyone else who has read this book!

1. Map of Dorset - I live in between Poole and Wimborne Minster
2. Poole Museum
3. RNLI College
4. Poole Harbour & Brownsea Island - @squirrelbrain the red squirrels are here!
5. Dolphin Shopping Centre
6. Poole Central Library
7. Sandbanks beach

Freespirit Wow it looks like a lovely area!💕 2mo
Cinfhen I‘d love to come visit!!!!! 2mo
Crazeedi You live in a beautiful place!💞 2mo
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Cinfhen
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I read this memoir yesterday, about a married couple in their mid 50‘s who are hit with TWO life changing events in the same week. Due to a poor investment, Moth & Ray find themselves literally homeless with no savings they chose to hike South West Coast Path, a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Living out in the wild, with bravery & honesty ( and some stupidity) they embark on a life altering journey. 👇🏼

Cinfhen It‘s a story full of determination and deep love. It‘s hard to imagine how a well lived life can spiral so quickly. Will make you think twice about how you view others. This was a gift from my wonderful friend @TrishB 🙌🏻
#LilithJuly #TheCoast
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Cathythoughts Lovely review! Sounds good 2mo
merelybookish Great review! It's been on my radar so glad to hear you enjoyed it! 2mo
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Cinfhen I think you‘ll both find something uplifting in these pages @merelybookish @Cathythoughts 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely! I look forward to read this. 2mo
catebutler Lovely review! I meant to read this last month, but it got bumped. Adding back to the current stack. 😊👍🏼 2mo
jenniferw88 ...and Dorset is my home county! 😍😍😍 2mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this one! ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen I was thinking of you @jenniferw88 sounds like a lovely town xx bring this one on your trip @squirrelbrain and definitely bump it back up @catebutler 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen it's on my tbr, but what town(s) in Dorset do they end up in/visit? 2mo
Cinfhen There were SO MANY towns and names @jenniferw88 I can‘t recall which towns belong to which county!! 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen fair enough! Will have to read the book so that I can post some pictures for you! 2mo
Cinfhen I look forward 😄 @jenniferw88 I enjoyed seeing your holiday pics 👍🏻✈️🦎☀️ 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen well, I found my answer in Chapter 1... it's my birth town 🤣🤣🤣 Expect a post shortly! 2mo
KarenUK Lovely review.... Stacking this one... 💕👍 2mo
Crazeedi Very interesting review! I'm going to look for this, thanks Cindy for adding to my pile!😉❣😘 2mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 glad you enjoyed. You have piqued my interest 😁 and my awful task only took me three hours, so it‘s bound to be wrong!! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m sure u did a great job @TrishB 🤓 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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To the left is today‘s #bookhaul (and I only spent 94p over and above my gift voucher - very restrained I was!)

All totally #blameitonlitsy of course!

To the right is the pile of books I *had* chosen to take on holiday next week. Choices, choices... I suppose a total of 11 books is a little bit too much for one week?!

The Krakauer is a definite as it‘s a buddy read with @BarbaraBB but other than that one, WWLD? (what would Litsy do?)

MicheleinPhilly An excellent haul! I would definitely take Bad Blood, An American Marriage, and The Glass Castle for starters. But then again, I would probably take them all. 😬 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great books , I have Bad Blood ( havnt read , but I‘d say it‘s good ) also Cutting For Stone ( havnt read - great praise from Littens ) The Descendants , would love to read ... basically you‘re spoilt for choice 😍not a bad place to be .... 😘 2mo
Suet624 Cutting for Stone 2mo
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julesG Very restraint! 👏👏👏 Bad blood and Dreyer's English would be in my book bag. With your reading speed you could pack 7 or 8 books. 😉 2mo
Hooked_on_books Take ‘em all! You need choices! 😉 2mo
BarbaraBB I think your holiday stack is perfect! I wouldn‘t change a thing. Add some books at the most ❤️ 2mo
eraderneely I like a good mystery on holiday, so The Lost Man and Lethal White would be in for me. And I‘m dying to read An American Marriage, so I‘d do that. And Dreyer‘s English. (And, you know, anything else you can fit!) 2mo
TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 if you have space, take them all 😁😁 you need choice. 2mo
Soubhiville Have a great vacation! 2mo
Megabooks Ditch American Marriage for Dreyer‘s English and ENJOY YOUR VACATION!! 🎉🎉💙💙 2mo
Cinfhen What a haul!!! Amazing finds!!!!! I might swap out The Descendants ( watch the movie) and add Bad Blood❣️❣️❣️❣️ although they are all good!! Just read Salt Path. It‘s a one sitting read - I think you would LOVE IT!!!! 2mo
squirrelbrain @Megabooks @julesG @eraderneely - Dreyer is the one I want to read most but it‘s also the only hardback and I‘m worried about damaging it.... it may have to stay at home ☹️ 2mo
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @TrishB you‘re all such a bad influence! Mind you, what did I expect - just take one book?! Noooo - take them all! 👍😁🤣 2mo
julesG Then keep Dreyer at home. It's a good book to come home to after the holiday. 2mo
youneverarrived Great haul 😍 2mo
TrishB If course 😁 2mo
Oryx I have to weigh in - Bad Blood and the Glass Castle I found unputdownable, so they have my vote. Although now in worried you'll have too much non fiction... So throw in a fiction... Hmmmm... just take them all 😃 2mo
squirrelbrain @oryx - I‘ve just packed 7 of them into the van, including the 2 you suggest, plus my Kindle of course! 2mo
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Twocougs
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Such an inspirational story. Loved their courage and adventure. Must admit I had to go online to check on how Moth‘s health is doing currently😀

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Oryx
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Too hot to bicker, I reckon

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Oryx
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Spontaneous charity shop purchases. Anyone read these?

julesG @scripturient posted about the one on the left. 😉 3mo
Tamra I have the Salt Path on hold, I love the cover. 3mo
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Kaye
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#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary

1- The Salt Path 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
2- Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 🌟🌟( sorry Hendrik , one of the stars is for the cover )
3- I‘m hoping to find some more really good true crime books.
4-The only one I‘d guess you‘d call a goal is the states challenge. I‘m almost halfway I think, but I‘m just lousy at sticking to regimented reading.
5- I tag anyone that would like to play.

RachelAmphlett Agree about The Salt Path - a tremendous story. 3mo
Kaye @RachelAmphlett That book just ticked all the boxes for me. I like a nonfiction book about an event or time in someone‘s life that was difficult and challenging and learning how they coped with it. I always feel like ,after reading the book , it‘s another Tool in can put in my Toolbox for how to deal with life. Sounds a bit odd, but that‘s the best way I can describe it. 3mo
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Began reading this yesterday and am already in love. ❤️

julesG Interesting. And, another "salt" title. ? 3mo
scripturient @julesG Hahaha, yes, I seem to be drawn to books about the sea this year. 😂😂 🌊 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve seen this one around ... I think I will pick it up next time ♥️👍🏻 3mo
AnnaClark I‘ve been wanting to read this but my wanderlust has been high lately and I‘m afraid this book would make it too hard for me to not run away and go walk along the sea. 3mo
Kaye Beautiful book. 3mo
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bedandabook
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This is the wonderful and uplifting memoir of a couple in their fifties who, days after becoming homeless and one of them receiving a terminal diagnosis, make the awe-inspiring decision to walk the South West Coast Path from Somerset to Dorset via Devon and Cornwall - some 630 miles. It is a glorious tale which, despite its gloomy premise, manages to uplift and educate. A very enjoyable read indeed.

jhod Really keen to read this one! 4mo
bedandabook It‘s been on my radar for ages @jhod but a review by @ReadingEnvy on Goodreads bumped it to the top! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (edited) 4mo
Severnmeadows I think it was my best book of 2018. 4mo
bedandabook It certainly was very memorable, @Severnmeadows. I enjoyed it enormously. Such an inspiring tale. 4mo
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jenniferheidi
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I didn‘t expect to be so moved by this account of a couple finding themselves homeless and coming to terms with terminal illness by walking and wild camping along the South Coast Path. The feeling of loss, of being uprooted is dealt with so beautifully as is their discovery of another part of themselves, only uncovered by their journey.

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Kaye
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5 golden stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Why is it that the most difficult , gut wrenching reads are the best ? This book was terrifying , inspiring, and teaches you to enjoy all the little things in your life. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to appreciate the things we normally ignore. How many times do you notice the sky, the birds, trees, smells of good food , a warm bed, a shower , or a place to get in out of the weather ? READ THIS BOOK. So good !

Freespirit Stacked....it sounds amazing. 4mo
Readergrrl Done! Added to my stack here and on Amazon! 4mo
Kaye @Freespirit @Readergrrl It‘s very good ! Hope you like it. 4mo
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Rissreads I just stacked this yesterday as I saw a review for it on Instagram 💚 4mo
Flaneurette oh I've had this on my kindle from the library and havent started it yet but your review has made it move to the top of the pile! I just love the cover too!
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Kaye @Rissreads @Flaneurette Enjoy. It‘s quite a story. 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘d have thought a book about a suddenly-homeless couple receive a terminal diagnosis would be very depressing, but I‘m so glad I tried it. Poetic, romantic, I adored the natural world and the discussion of how easily people become homeless, the struggle to find a place to sit or pitch tents will really stay with me.

The UK needs to talk and think A LOT more about our treatment of homeless people and what the vagrancy act does to them.

Emilymdxn Can anyone recommend any more books by homeless or ex-homeless people about their experiences?? 4mo
Aimeesue Thanks for the review - I'd picked up a copy a few weeks ago but have put off reading it. I'll have to move it up the list. 4mo
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Itchyfeetreader This sounds fabulous great review 4mo
bedandabook I read this recently too, and also enjoyed it. I normally steer away from memoirs but this was such a remarkable story. 4mo
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Kaye
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#BFC. DAY ONE. 10644 steps ( combo walk and gym ) . My book is very good but really sad. I listened to a real short one before this called “Gunsmoke, Wildcats & the Day I Whooped the TV Preacher. “. It was cute. ☝️ day in the 💼

wanderinglynn Way to go @Kaye 🙌🏻 4mo
KathyWheeler I love this cover! 4mo
Kaye @KathyWheeler Yes it‘s a really unique book . 😊 4mo
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Laughterhp Great job!! You went double the steps of me today!! 😊 4mo
Meaw_catlady Keep up the strong work! 👏 4mo
guinsgirlreads Awesome!! ❤️💪🏻👏🏻 4mo
Kaye Thanks @Laughterhp ( I usually try to hit 10000 a day but don‘t always get that many. Depends on the day. 😉 4mo
Emilymdxn Amazing start well done! 4mo
Kaye Thanks @Emilymdxn 💕 4mo
BarbaraJean Great start!! 💪🏼👍🏼 4mo
catebutler Great start, Kaye! I have this book on my May TBR too. 4mo
Wife 🌹 4mo
Kaye Thank you @BarbaraJean @wife @catebutler ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
hes7 Way to go! 👏🏻💪🏻 4mo
readordierachel Good on you! 4mo
Marina_h Great start... and love the cover 😍 4mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 4mo
dariazeoli Nice start, LitsyWalker! 👏🏻 4mo
Kaye Thanks guys 😊 4mo
kspenmoll Great! 4mo
Kaye Thank you @kspenmoll 4mo
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Erynecki
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I love memoirs about physical journeys that are ultimately inner journeys as well. My own Chasing Portraits quest has given me a deep love for these sorts of narratives. At one level The Salt Path is a beautiful book about how our lives play out against physical, social, and political landscapes. At its core it‘s about a couple‘s struggles with the legal system, financial ruin, a devastating health diagnosis, and how a hike changed everything.

Tamra Love the cover art! 5mo
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RachelAmphlett
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“Camouflage pyjamas” 😂 - this book is incredible. Poignant, heartbreaking, inspiring - and laugh out loud moments like this. Recommended.

#currentread #sundayread

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RachelAmphlett
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Palate cleanse. Bought this after reading an interview with the author in The Guardian newspaper late last year, and it piqued my interest as we now live on the Jurassic coastline

#currentread #tuesdayread

Tamra Gorgeous cover art! 8mo
RachelAmphlett @Tamra it is, isn‘t it? 8mo
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This made me chuckle

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MelAnn Lol love it!!! 2y
tournevis Being in menopause myself, I'd rather not. Thx. 😛 2y
CherryPie A classic coming of age adventure. Wild for the meno-set. 😉👍 2y
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ShookBelf
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This is a stunning memoir about a couple who lose their family home in a legal battle, receive a devasting, terminal diagnosis and with little left to lose, decide to embark upon a 630 mile journey along the South West Coast Path in England.
I LOVED this book - the writing was sublime (especially for a debut author), and her brutal honesty was both heartbreaking and uplifting.
A definitive 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.
#NetGalley #TheSaltPath #readitnow

Tamra And that cover! 2y
ShookBelf @Tamra - the cover was the reason I requested the book. It's just beautiful 2y
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ShookBelf
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Joined Netgalley yesterday and immediately got access to this book. Started reading it this morning, am only 7% of the way through it and I'm a complete emotional mess. I'm talking snot and tears and everything 😭😭😭
Don't think my poor heart can take it.
#netgalley #thesaltpath #RIPSmotyn