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I just finished up reading this book, and it was a great dead-of-winter read!
The Outrun is a memoir by Amy Liptrot. It follows the young woman’s escape from the isolated farm on a small Scottish island to the busy streets of London. Liptrot’s hometown was one of extremes, from weather to landscape, and she searched London for ways to reach situations that gave her that same feeling of “reaching the edge” as she calls it. This led Liptrot to alcohol, and before long, she was an alcoholic in recovery. The book takes you through her journey of AA meetings, remembering terrible moments during drunken blackouts, and her return to her little island. While she hadn’t expected to ever return there, she found it held so many wonders she had overlooked as a child. Over the two year journey following her recovery, Liptrot describes the many ways the island and its extremes help her stay sober.
I personally enjoyed the description of the extreme winds that came to the island, the storms that were strong enough to cause tethered cows to float in the air, and the bitter cold of the Scottish winters. This book is a really good look at recovery from alcoholism, but really resonates with anyone who has ever made a self-discovery journey. I love reading about how other people have overcome something, and how it can still affect them everyday.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs, and is interested in a journey through addiction and mental illness.
The Outrun has earned a place on Guardian’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 list, as well as being a Sunday Times Bestseller! If you read this, please let me know what you think!