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In and out of the drink

Amy Liptrot’s frank memoir of dipsomania, and drying out, in the  remotest of the Orkneys makes for addictive reading

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

The Outrun Amy Liptrot

Canongate, pp.304, £14.99, ISBN: 9781782115472

‘If I were to go mad,’ Amy Liptrot writes in her memoir of alcoholism and the Orkneys, ‘It would come as no surprise at all.’ One surprise of this book is its sanity, which is remarkable, given Liptrot’s beginnings.

We open, unforgettably, with her parents passing each other on an island runway.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £12.75 Tel: 08430 600033. Horatio Clare is the author of Down to the Sea in Ships and, most recently, Orison for a Curlew.

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