Amy Liptrot

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Amy Liptrot is a British journalist and author. She won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 and the Wainwright Prize 2016 for her memoir The Outrun (2016, Canongate Books, ISBN 978-1782115472).[1][2]

The Outrun describes her experience of returning to live in Orkney, where she grew up on a farm, to continue her rehabilitation after ten years in London, during which she had resorted to alcoholism and drug use.[3][4][5]

Liptrot lives in Orkney with her only child, a son, and in 2019 had been without alcohol for eight years.[6]


  1. ^ Sharp, Robert (6 July 2017). "Amy Liptrot awarded PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 for 'The Outrun'". English PEN. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ "2016 prize". Wainwright Prize. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ Richardson, Simon (15 January 2016). "The Outrun: Amy Liptrot on connecting with nature". BBC Arts. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  4. ^ Adams, Matthew (15 January 2016). "Amy Liptrot interview: How the writer drowned in London - and rescued herself on the shores of Orkney". The Independent. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ Liptrot, Amy (17 January 2016). "'I swam in the cold ocean and dyed my hair a furious blue… I was moving upwards slowly'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ Amy Liptrot (3 January 2019). "From Cinderella to Patrick Melrose: the best books about new beginnings". The Guardian.

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