The Outrun

The Outrun

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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The author relates her return home to her family's Orkney sheep farm at the age of thirty, after a decade of heavy drinking in London, where she discovered the natural healing she needed to put her on the path to recovery from addiction.
Publisher: New York, NY :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393608960
0393608964
Characteristics: xiv, 280 pages : maps ; 22 cm

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dmckenziehague
Nov 22, 2017

A wonderful, well written memoir with beautiful asides about living in the Orkney Islands. I will go there someday and think of Amy as I explore.

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marthabwaters
Jul 06, 2017

I initially picked this up not because of the subject matter but the setting -- addiction memoirs aren't generally my cup of tea, but it's set largely on the Orkney islands in Scotland, which I'll be visiting this summer, and I thought it might make for an interesting read. And 'interesting' doesn't really begin to cover it. This is extremely reminiscent of Helen MacDonald's "H is for Hawk" in that that book was equally about grief and hawks, in the same way that this book is equally about the Orkneys and alcoholism, but while MacDonald's book at times felt claustrophobic, so centered on her relationship with her hawk, holed up in her tiny house, this one felt wild and open and wide-ranging, much like the landscapes Liptrot describes. The writing is absolutely beautiful, and if you don't finish this book with an intense desire to drop everything and hop on a plane to Scotland, then I'll be quite surprised. The bits about addiction are good enough, but it is the meditation on the power of nature (and specifically the Orkneys) that makes this unforgettable.

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Earlgrey454
Jun 21, 2017

A fascinating read in many different ways.

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uncommonreader
Jan 09, 2017

This is a book about addiction and the restorative power of nature. For anyone who has visited the spectacularly beautiful Orkney Islands, this book will be particularly enjoyable.

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