The Outrun: A Memoir (Paperback)

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“It’s wild writing: sexy, unguarded, raw, and ardent … highly recommended.”—The Millions

After a decade of heavy partying and hard drinking in London, Amy Liptrot returns home to Orkney, a remote island off the north of Scotland. The Outrun maps Amy’s inspiring recovery as she walks along windy coasts, swims in icy Atlantic waters, tracks Orkney’s wildlife, and reconnects with her parents, revisiting and rediscovering the place that shaped her.

A Guardian Best Nonfiction Book of 2016

Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller

New Statesman Book of the Year

About the Author

Amy Liptrot received the Wainwright Prize for nature writing and the PEN Ackerley Prize for memoir for The Outrun. Formerly a writer for Orkney Today, editor of the Edinburgh Student, an artist’s model, and a trampolinist, she lives in Yorkshire.

Praise For…

A stunning, wild, and gracefully rendered account of life in the Scottish hinterlands.
— San Francisco Chronicle

Lyrical, transitioning from the rush of drinking into the raw sensations of island life.
— Elle

Uncompromising and lyrical … The Outrun is a bright addition to the exploding genre of writing about place and our place in the natural world.

— Observer

A lyrical, brave memoir.… It’s this aptitude Liptrot has for marrying her inner-space with wild outer-spaces that makes her such a compelling writer—and one to watch.
— Guardian

Luminous.… Fresh, clear-eyed and unflinching.
— Sunday Times

[T]he 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 equals works by fellow islanders such as George Mackay Brown and Peter Maxwell Davies. It may even be a future classic.

— New Statesman

Amy Liptrot has lived her life on the edge of things, both literally and metaphorically. The Outrun, 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.

— Independent on Sunday

Whether [Liptrot]… writes of walking along the wind-scoured coasts or taking polar-bear dips in the icy waters, her prose is spare, lean, and beautiful, much like the country about which she writes.
— Booklist

This magnificent memoir is a record of transformation in its truest sense… Orkney legends tell of seals changing into humans, but, here, Liptrot is the shape-shifter, peeling off her wetsuit like blubber after snorkeling in the ice-cold sea.
— Publishers Weekly

Worth reading for the descriptions of life on a ‘beautiful, barely touched stretch of land.’
— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393355598
ISBN-10: 0393355594
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English