The Outrun

I’ve just started reading Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun, which seems to be everywhere at the moment. It’s in all the local bookshops. It’s the Mumsnet book of the month. Friends keep recommending it.

I first heard about this book back in January. I was driving to teach a class, and it was on Radio 4’s Book of the Week. I liked it immediately. So much so, that I took the time to scribble down the name of the writer and the book, even though I was running a few minutes late.


I added it to my books to buy list, but didn’t actually buy it. Until last week, that is, when I was passing by the bookshop. Please note: I was passing by the bookshop. I did not intend to step into the bookshop and buy books. But when I glanced into the store, there it was, The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, on a huge display. ‘There’s that book!’ I thought, and before I knew what I was doing I’d walked in and bought it, along with another book because Waterstone’s had its buy one get one half price offer on, which I can’t seem to resist.

I started reading The Outrun last night. The prologue and chapter one are very well written. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book. Here’s the blurb…

“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.”



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