The Outrun: A Memoir

The Outrun: A Memoir

by Amy Liptrot

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The Outrun: A Memoir by Amy Liptrot

“The Outrun will no doubt sit alongside . . . Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk—the sheer sensuality of Liptrot’s prose and her steely resolve immediately put her right up there with the best of the best.”—New StatesmanWhen Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife—puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings—and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey toward recovery from addiction.The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind, and the moon to restore life and renew hope.A Guardian Best Nonfiction Book of 2016Sunday Times Top Ten BestsellerNew Statesman Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355598
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 462,099
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Glossary xi

Prologue xiii

1 The Outrun 1

2 Tremors 9

3 Flotta 15

4 London Fields 23

5 Nightbike 35

6 Flitting 43

7 Wrecked 53

8 Treatment 61

9 Drifting 75

10 Dyking 83

11 Ambergris 95

12 Abandoned Islands 103

13 Lambing 113

14 The Corncrake Wife 123

15 Rose Cottage 135

16 Papay 151

17 Merry Dancers 163

18 North Hill 171

19 Online 183

20 Sea Swimming 193

21 The Holm 201

22 Personal Geology 209

23 Triduana 221

24 Fair Isle 231

25 Bonfire 243

26 Undersea 253

27 Strandings 261

28 Renewables 269

Acknowledgements 279

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