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  • Published: 3 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405946063
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

The Wild Silence

The Sunday Times Bestseller 2021 from the author of The Salt Path

The second instalment to the hugely successful Costa prize shortlister, The Salt Path, and the continued, powerful true story of the couple who lost everything

Following the Sunday Times bestselling, prize winning book The Salt Path, Raynor Winn returns with her profoundly moving second memoir.

In The Salt Path, Raynor and her husband Moth head to the windswept coastline to try to find a way through homelessness, and ultimately to find themselves. Now in The Wild Silence, they come back to four walls, but the sense of home is elusive and returning to normality is not easy.

Raynor and Moth continue to face his debilitating illness, as Raynor struggles to recover trust in herself and others. Until someone who read The Salt Path makes an unbelievable offer and they find themselves living on an overused farm, tasked with revitalising the land and returning the wildlife to its hedgerows. With only their life-long love of each other and the natural world to help them, they begin to rediscover the meaning of home.

  • Published: 3 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405946063
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

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Praise for The Wild Silence

Explores the challenge of returning to mainstream life after homelessness

Daily Express, 2020 Hot Reads

A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Wild Silence confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This book gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry . . . repeatedly

Sophie Raworth

Profoundly moving and emotionally transcendent reading

The List

To follow Raynor Winn on her songline back to Cornwall is to know how it feels to walk yourself into the land you love and find peace at the end of the journey

Brian Jackman, travel journalist for The Sunday Times

Raynor Winn has written a brilliant, powerful and touching account of her life before and after The Salt Path, which, like her astonishing debut, will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity

Stephen Moss, author and naturalist

A poignant and passionate, grounded yet uplifting journey of discovery in which we learn what can be found after all seems lost, The Wild Silence is a testament to the transformative power of nature and the fresh hope it nurtures within ourselves

Steven McKenzie, editor of The Big Issue

Winn's soul-baring honesty and beautifully remembered, touching conversations will take your breath away

BBC Countryfile

Intimate in feel and ambitious in scope . . . Throughout it all [Winn] retains her faith in the importance of having an almost visceral connection to the land


The quality of Winn's writing draws us through the story with the same emotional honesty, lyricism and warmth that epitomises The Salt Path

Resurgence & Ecologist

Moving. A must-read for anyone inspired by The Salt Path . . . another thoughtful memoir

Good Housekeeping

Picks up the story where Winn's astonishing The Salt Path left off

The New European

Heartening and comforting . . . The nature writing is beautiful and it is a thrill to read. You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it

The Times

In this unflinching sequel to The Salt Path, nature provides solace against forebodings of mortality . . . there is a luminous conviction to the prose


Luminous and touching


This sequel sees the pair trying unsatisfactorily to readjust to normal life before finding ways to reharness nature's healing power


Writing with such honesty is a trademark of [Winn's] style

The Marshwood Vale Magazine

'9 new books to read this September'



Writers Forum

An uplifting, illuminating read

Daily Mirror

Heart-rending. A love letter to the natural world in all its wondrous glory . . . spellbinding


Deeply personal and spiritual in its exploration of the healing qualities of nature . . . Winn's writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose


Raynor Winn's story has become the stuff of legend

Cornwall Life

Full of descriptions of dramatic landscapes that make the reader long for the great outdoors . . . an uplifting and illuminating book

Sunday Express



Unflinching . . . Another beautifully poignant read about triumph over adversity, and adjusting to life after immense change

The List

'Country Life Book of the Week'

Country Life

This book promises to take you away with the same amazing descriptive and emotive writing found in The Salt Path

David Atherton, Great British Bake Off Winner 2019, Waitrose Weekend

Notions of home are poignantly explored . . . Her evocations of weather, landscape, the sea and her love for her partner, Moth, who has an incurable neurodegenerative condition, are wonderful


Written in wise, unflinching, exquisite prose, this is a different kind of journey - into the past, into grief and also into Winn's search for connection. A spiritual journey instead of a physical one, and, for me at least, an even richer one

Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson's Beetle

Wise, unflinching, exquisite prose

Rachel Joyce

Down to earth yet astonishing . . . touching

This England

So beautifully told


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