I had already seen many recommendations for The Salt Path by Raynor Winn on social media, when a hardback copy caught my eye in the local library. I was not disappointed. It was difficult to put it down.
The author and her husband had fallen on very hard times. Instead of taking any conventional course of action they set off on a long distance walk around the coastline of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, while they worked out what to do next. I have visited all three counties in the past, but only a small number of the places described in this book. There is a map, which in my opinion is always a good reason for reading a book.
The story is enthralling and the writing excellent. I read it over a weekend. It is the author’s first book, but I hope it will not be her last. It was shortlisted for the Costa book awards and the copy I borrowed had a Wainwright Prize sticker.