If Poldark gave you a yen to explore the Cornish coastline, your next read must be The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. A Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted in 2018 for the Costa biography book award and the Wainright Golden Beer Book Prize, this account of Ray and Moth Winn’s 630-mile hike from Minhead to Poole along the South West Coast Path will make you dig out your walking shoes. The venture begins with sadness as, in the space of a week, the couple lose their home, which was also their livelihood, and learn that Moth is dying of an incurable degenerative disease. Walking the spectacular coast path initiates a healing process, both mental and physical. Raynor Winn’s witty narrative exudes a love for life, the British countryside … and her husband. As the walkers pass by towns, landmarks and vestiges of the Cornish mining industry, the author’s well-documented comments show how relevant this history is today. Although my mind boggles at the idea of walking 630 miles (1013,89 kilometres if you have gone metric), this book shows us all that we must never give up.
This Community Book Review was provided by Judith Gruet-Kaye.
After several years spent teaching English in various High Schools in the canton de Vaud, Judith is now trying to get to the bottom of her pile of unread books.