The Wild Silence


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for anyone who loves nature writing or memoir, especially if you loved The Salt Path or are interested in rewilding and the connection between nature and wellness.

A quick summary

The follow-up to The Salt Path – Winn’s memoir about facing a diagnosis of terminal illness and homelessness. In the Wild Silence, Winn recounts her move with her husband to a run-down farm, to rewild the land and remake home.


Publisher’s description:

The incredible follow-up to one of the most talked about books of the decade – the phenomenon and 75-week Sunday Times bestselling The Salt Path.

‘Beautiful, a thrill to read . . . you feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it’ The Times

‘Brilliant, powerful and touching . . . will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity’ Stephen Moss, author and naturalist

‘A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing’ Rachel Joyce, author

‘It was the land, the earth, the deep humming background to my very being’

In 2016, days before they were unjustly evicted from their home, Raynor Winn was told her husband Moth was dying. Instead of giving up they embarked on a life-changing journey: walking the 630-mile South West Coast Path, living by their wits, determination and love of nature. But all journeys must end and when the couple return to civilisation they find that four walls feel like a prison, cutting them off from the sea and sky that sustained them – that had saved Moth’s life.

So when the chance to rewild an old Cornish farm comes their way, they grasp it, hoping they’ll not only reconnect with the natural world but also find themselves once again on its healing path . . .

‘Confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This book gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry… repeatedly’ Sophie Raworth, BBC

‘Winn’s writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose’ i

‘Unflinching… There is a luminous conviction to the prose’ Observer’

Notions of home are poignantly explored… wonderful’ Guardian

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 278 g
Dimensions 197 × 129 × 23 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9780241401477

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