The Salt Path … a review

It gives me a lot of pleasure reading books about travel while we are in lockdown. My family is the third generation of travellers, and we have been much deprived during Covid. This part-memoir, part-travel-guide book is about a couple’s immense misfortune, that leads to the loss of their entire lives’ savings, including their home.

Then Moth, the husband, is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Ray, his wife and the author, then pack their rucksacks and set off to walk the south-west coast of England. This of course, is the famous part that juts out into the Atlantic as Land’s end. They walk from Minehead to Poole, whilst camping wild. The description of the natural world is beautiful. Raynor Winn may have lost everything in life, but has a beautiful gift of words. Page after page is filled with the vastness and immenseness of the coast brought to life. As their homelessness endures, we also see the attitudes of everyday people as well.

But as they walk, will they figure out what’s next? With two children at University, their home gone, and a debilitating disease that makes Moth weaker each day, is there any point in their future at all? These questions are answered against the backdrop of cliffs that form the southern boundary of our island in the ocean. A beautiful read.

5 thoughts on “The Salt Path … a review

    • Thank you, Pedro! It is, indeed. In the UK we are really frustrated now as we are still in lockdown with case numbers still looking bad so travel reads have provided much needed escapism. I miss the seafood of your country, so yum. What’s a travel book you’d recommend?

      • I can relate to you, in Portugal we are facing the worst, in terms of daily cases and deaths, so in lockdown too… I could recommend you so many books, do you know Theroux?? He has been EVERYWHERE eheh each of his books are an inspiration 🙂 have a great week Udita, regards! PedroL

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