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The Wild Silence Reviews

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn

The Wild Silence

Raynor Winn

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2 reviews

Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 26 May 2020
ISBN: 9780241401460
4 stars out of 5
Adrian Tempany
30 Aug 2020

"her prose is extraordinary: wise, unflinching, exquisite"

Their need for spiritual flight is understandable – backwards, through a life of shared memories; then on to Iceland, to find solace in an environment more primal than Wind in the Willows – but the narrative often lacks a compass. Still, there is a luminous conviction to the prose, and their odyssey through Iceland is profound. As Moth’s condition worsens – he holds up a Mars bar one day to find it embedded with shards of his teeth – Winn appears to surrender something to “a land in transition… a place where the Earth is born and life begins”. Ultimately, she draws hope, and shares it – allowing us to see how the planet’s “fixed impermanence” can make bearable our own.


4 stars out of 5
28 Aug 2020

"a touching memoir from the Salt Path author"

Despite being a book that describes a horrible death and where one of the main protagonists is terminally ill, The Wild Silence is heartening and comforting. The nature writing is beautiful and it is a thrill to read about Iceland, but it is more that Raynor and Moth come across as such nice people. You’d like to meet them on a coastal path or in the cooking hut near an Icelandic volcano. You feel the world is a better place because they are in it. You hope that Moth continues to defy the odds and that they both have lots more life to enjoy on the cider farm.