A lyrical, brave memoir It s Liptrot s aptitude for marrying her inner space with wild outer spaces that makes her such a compelling writerI enjoyed this book enormously WILL SELF Guardian br br An exhilarating memoirAnyone who has ever been unhappy or unwise will find much that resonates in this powerful, beautiful writing CATHY RENTZENBRINK Stylist br br Brilliantone of the most scabrously honest, sassy and moving books about addiction and recovery that I have read Scotsman br br The Outrun will no doubt sit alongside Richard Mabey s Nature Cure and Helen Macdonald s H Is for Hawk the sheer sensuality of Liptrot s prose and her steely resolve immediately put her right up there with the best of the best Liptrot is an Orcadian warrior with the breeze in her blood and poetry in her fingers, and The Outrun may even be a future classic Wherever she journeys next, you will want to go with her New Statesman br br Amy Liptrot has lived her life on the edge of things, both literally and metaphorically Her beautiful first book gives a wonderfully evocative account of both, blending searing memoir with sublime nature writing, and coming up with a unique piece of prose that amounts to a stirring personal philosophy of how to live Her descriptive writing of the Orkney islands and their wildlife absolutely sizzles, a scintillating mix of clear eyed insight and poetic heart She ties in elements of myth and fantasy, some of the islands remarkable history, and her own visceral experience to create something as compelling as any thriller Amy Liptrot is the real deal, a writer whose voice seems fully formed on the page, and I can t wait to read what she writes next Independent on Sunday br br There is a great deal of frank, flinch making writing in this book, but it is always balanced by a sublimity and graciousness that is rare This is a bold hearted and brave minded book It is both terribly sad and awfully affecting I look forward to its presence on some prize lists Scotland on Sunday br br An uncompromising account of addiction and recovery played out against the blasted fields of Orkney Liptrot s writing is strong and sure The Outrun is a bright addition to the exploding genre of writing about place and our place in the natural world Observer br br Clean, clear and impressivea sensuous book, full of summer nights and winter water Liptrot swims, walks, lives alone on uninhabited islands and observes And from that comes a portrait of the natural world she is absorbed into Herald br br The Outrun is a trenchant, modernist siren song to belonging, where Herculean effort and close observation can root you as strongly as bloodlines Caught by the River br br Clear eyed and brave Psychologies br br Stunningthere is much to enjoy in this brave and uncompromising account Express br br A meditative memoir that s a perfect antidote for Christmas excess Red br br An astonishingly beautiful book Amy makes most nature writing seem flat and pedestrian Her account of her addiction and recovery is electric, sexy, immediate and raw, leaving the reader reeling in her wakeThis is a luminous, life affirming book, and I have no doubt that I ll be pressing it into people s hands for years to come OLIVIA LAING br br Beautiful, stark and unflinchi Will SelfCourageous and clear sighted The Lady Book of the Week The LadyMixing scintillating nature writing with explosive memoir and brave honesty, The Outrun is a book about making peace with life on the edge of the world Big Issue Big IssueAt the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney s wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope, anchor us and set us free