Windswept

£16.99

The story of extraordinary women who lost their way – their sense of self, their identity, their freedom – and found it again through walking in the wild. A feminist exploration of the power of walking in nature, following in the footsteps of Gwen John, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frieda Lawrence, Clara Vyvyan, Simone de Beauvoir and Nan Shepherd. Recovering from a life-threatening accident, Annabel Abbs rediscovered a lost love of long, wild hikes. Consequently fascinated by the art, literature and philosophy of walking in nature, she realised it had never before been told from a woman’s point of view. She retraces the lives and walks of remarkable women who found solace, redemption and personal and artistic freedom in walking.

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‘A triumph … I felt as though I were being lifted, carried up to peaks.’ Charlotte Peacock, author of. Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd

‘I couldn’t put it down. Quite extraordinary… written in such a free flowing, readable style. I’m in awe.’ – Maggie Humm, author of Talland House

The story of extraordinary women who lost their way – their sense of self, their identity, their freedom – and found it again through walking in the wild. A feminist exploration of the power of walking in nature, following in the footsteps of Gwen John, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frieda Lawrence, Clara Vyvyan, Simone de Beauvoir, Daphne Du Maurier and Nan Shepherd.

For centuries, the wilds have been male territory, while women sat safely confined at home. But not all women did as they were told, despite the dangers; history is littered with women for whom rural walking became inspiration, consolation and liberation.

In this powerful and deeply inspiring book, Annabel Abbs uncovers women who refused to conform, who recognised a biological, emotional and artistic need for wilderness, water and desert – and who took the courageous step of walking unpeopled and often forbidding landscapes.

Part wild-walk, part memoir, Windswept follows an exhilarating journey from Abbs’ isolated car-less childhood to her walking the remote paths trodden by extraordinary women including Georgia O’Keeffe in the empty plains of Texas and New Mexico, Nan Shepherd in the mountains of Scotland, Gwen John following the Garonne, Simone de Beauvoir in the mountains and forests of France and Daphne du Maurier following the River Rhone.

A single question pulses through their walks: How does a woman change once she becomes windswept?

Additional information

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 21.8 × 14 × 3.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

796.5109252 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K