Some people live to walk. Raynor and Moth walk to live . . .
Raynor Winn knows that her husband Moth's health is declining, getting worse by the day. She knows of only one cure. It worked once before. But will he – can he? – set out with her on another healing walk?
The Cape Wrath Trail is over two hundred miles of gruelling terrain through Scotland's remotest mountains and lochs. But the lure of the wilderness and the beguiling beauty of the awaiting glens draw them northwards. Being one with nature saved them in their darkest hour and their hope is that it can work its magic again.
They embark on an incredible thousand-mile journey from Scotland back to the familiar shores of the South West Coast Path. From Northumberland to the Yorkshire moors, Wales to the South West, Raynor and Moth map with each step the landscape of an island nation facing an uncertain path ahead.
In Landlines, she records in luminous prose the strangers and friends, wilderness and wildlife they encounter on the way – it's a journey that begins in fear but can only end in hope.
Raynor Winn is the bestselling author of The Salt Path and The Wild Silence. The Salt Path won the inaugural RSL Christopher Bland Prize and was shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award and the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize. The Wild Silence was shortlisted for the 2021 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. She is a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and our relationship to the land. She lives in Cornwall with her husband Moth.
"Raynor Winn has done it again. She's achieved a miracle, defying all odds and walking 1,000 miles with her beloved husband Moth. But she has also given her vast army of fans – both armchair hikers and the real thing – another wondrous book, full of compassion, humour, insights, closeness to nature and true, bloody-minded grit. An inspiration."
– Isabella Tree, author of Wilding
"As well as a portrait of a telepathic marriage of true minds, and a snapshot of a fretful island, this is a soaring lament and a tub-thumping tirade – for all that is being lost, for all that may yet be saved"
"An inspiring and beautifully written story of hope and healing [...] We, her readers, are privileged to walk alongside her"
"An inspirational story of love and endurance; of trails offering links to ancient times. But it's clear-eyed, too, on the future we're shaping"
– Telegraph, 'Best travel books to buy for Christmas 2022'
"Another heartwarming odyssey, this time on one of the wildest walks in Britain [...] Winn seems to have a bird's-eye view of Britain – a map at her feet, a keen eye for detail, particularly for social injustice. Hers is a voice of empathy and integrity"
"Fans of The Salt Path will love this moving continuation of Raynor and her husband Moth's journey [...] Alongside beautiful nature writing, there are thought-provoking observations on our countryside and the threat it is under"
– Good Housekeeping
"A tale of remarkable resilience and nature writing at its best"
"Their journey from remote Scotland to the South West coast Path makes for inspiring reading"
"Each step is recorded in luminous prose"
"A captivating reflection on nature and the lines that divide and shape countries and people"
– Sainsbury's Magazine
"If you enjoyed The Salt Path [...] you'll love Raynor Winn's latest book, Landlines"
– Yours Magazine
"The reader [...] may struggle to keep a dry eye"
"Winn has a gift for making her account profoundly human [...] In exploring what it means to be seeing a landscape possibly for the last time, it achieves moments of rare vision and compassion"
"If you followed Raynor and husband Moth on The Salt Path, you will thrill to join them on this epic walk, from Scotland's wild and beautiful Cape Wrath Trail. Miracles might just happen when you put your best foot forward"
– Saga Magazine