by Amy Liptrot
I have never been to Orkney, but having read this book, it is now high up on my list of places to visit.
The outrun is a memoir of recovery. When Amy Liptrot leaves London and returns to her childhood home in Orkney aged thirty – she is just a few months sober. Broken by alcohol addiction, she has lost multiple jobs, her boyfriend, many friends, damaged her health and much of her self-worth. She does not intend to stay very long but finds her bond to the wild and windswept lands of her childhood filling in the ragged void in her life that booze has left behind.