Title: Outrun, The
Authors: Liptrot, Amy
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 276
Year: 2016
Publisher: WW Norton & Company
Language: English
Description: After years of riotous living in London, Amy Liptrot, now 30, has finished rehab and needing to embrace sobriety, does so by returning home to the remote Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland. It is a journey of rediscovery, not just of the people who shaped her, but also the wild beauty of Orkney; its icy waters, its dramatic, windswept landscape and its abundant wildlife.

Moving from addiction to recovery, this is an unflinchingly honest memoir, poignant and beautifully descriptive, that confidently balances personal revelation with an ode to Orkney and the healing power of nature.
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Community, Environmental, Medical/Health, 2020 Titles, Orkney Islands


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By: ASHB 015 2021-06-01 11:20:58
All members of our group thought this book was a very worthwhile read, and we learnt a lot about what alcoholism is, and how hard it is to control. Also we enjoyed the descriptions of the Orkney Islands and all the references to nature.

By: TAUR 004 2021-04-12 14:08:15
Interesting discussion about alcoholism and recovering. One member had been to the Orkney Islands and visited the Neolithic sites. We all enjoyed reading about Orkney and the author's journey to recovery.

By: DUNED 039 2021-04-09 13:54:43
Everyone loved the book. We had a lively discussion on the issues of addiction, and the impact of something like alcoholism on a person. The setting of the novel in Orkney appealed to many - we discussed the contrasts between London and deserted islands. Liptrot's journey in recovery and her drinking issue engages the reader. She is a talented writer.

By: GOVER 005 2021-03-18 14:30:23
Interesting, informative descriptive of Scottish islands; unusual structure.

By: CHCH 145 2021-02-05 12:27:37
Everyone really enjoyed reading this account of Amy recovering from alcoholism at such a young age, and returning to her Orkney Islands home roots and her wonderful account of living in such harsh surroundings. Her brave honesty confronting her wrecked life, and contrasting her sobriety with stunning descriptions of Orkney. Loved it.

By: TAUP 006 2020-11-11 09:59:01
Good discussion - alcoholism, nature, quality of written language, teenage dissatisfaction all mentioned. Several members felt the book was depressing but most of us enjoyed it.

By: ONAWE 001 2020-11-04 14:24:44
All of our members who were able to attend the meeting really enjoyed this book. A challenging but very honest description of her battle with alcoholism. Wonderful description of the bird life, marine life, and historical sites on these islands.

By: CHCH 294 2020-09-30 13:55:18
A sad story of someone looking for their identity. We all enjoyed her writing and island life.

By: MARTIN 001 2020-05-25 14:54:18
Everyone enjoyed the book, especially the in depth description of the Orkney islands. Some thought there was too much on the author's alcoholism.

By: AKAR 002 2020-05-22 13:33:33
A quick ring around revealed we all enjoyed learning about the Orkneys. Less interested in the alcoholic journey of recovery, but realise the intertwining of the two stories makes the book more balanced.

By: WAIKA 011 2020-03-06 14:22:01
A very popular book for our members. We felt the book was in two parts - one on addiction, and one on the Orkneys. Both interesting.

By: UPHU 007 2020-03-06 14:20:36
Ninety percent of the group really loved it. Found the writing lyrical but for some it was a little 'stop start', or changing the subject too quickly. We appreciated the author's courage for sharing her struggle with alcoholism. The descriptions of the islands were fantastic, and there was lots of information about the birds and about life in general which made it very interesting.

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