The annual Big Town Read at Marlborough LitFest has proved increasingly popular, particularly with reading groups who discuss the selected book before having a chance to question the author.
This year’s choice, The Salt Path, tells the true story of a homeless, penniless, jobless couple who walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.
It sounds simple but it is so, so much more. For a start, their lack of money is the least of their worries: the day after they lost their home, Moth, Raynor Winn’s husband, was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Their walk is both defiant and life affirming; the more they walk, the more they feel drawn to, and part of, nature.
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018, The Salt Path makes a wonderful Big Town Read, which, working in partnership with The Reading Agency and with the support of libraries, aims to bring new audiences to the festival.
Copies of the book will be available from Marlborough Library over the summer. Raynor Winn will also be giving a talk at HMP Erlestoke.