Wild by Cheryl Strayed


By Cheryl Strayed

  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 336 Ratings
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Selected to be read on Radio Four's Book of the Week.

'One of the best books I've read in the last five or ten years... Wild is angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written, and I think it's destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time.' --Nick Hornby

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise - a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.

Strayed's account captures the agonies - both mental and physical - of her incredible journey; how it maddened and terrified her, and how, ultimately, it healed her. Wild is a brutal memoir of survival, grief and redemption: a searing portrayal of life at its lowest ebb and at its highest tide.


  • Excellent!

    By Dazsim
    So much so i want to go for a hike ;-)
  • Boring

    By Joeldee46999
    Worse book I've ever read Not sure how I finish it as it bored me to tears! Will never get the time back I wasted on this repetative drivel
  • My eyes never strayed far from the pages!

    By Tess amelia
    Really enjoyable and easy book to read! Makes you want to get out and discover yourself too.
  • Wild

    By BernieDee
    A lovely book, intense and compelling, a beautiful work of art. Leaves a feeling of the beauty of all life. Even the painful parts that lead us back to ourselves. Xx
  • Where are my boots?

    By Leapops
    I could not put this book down from the moment I picked it up. Now I'm constantly thinking about what boots to get and where I should hike, something I haven't done since my teenage years. Inspiring and riverting.
  • Wild, Cheryl Strayed

    By Dixieing
    I found this book interesting, land the courage and strength Cheryl had to do her trip is amazing. Good on her, she grew in strength and character along the way, a good read.
  • Wild

    By Angelika8
    I really admired Cheryl's grit & determination on this life journey. I actually felt the loneliness & anxieties along the way, something that the film did not express. Well worth the read.
  • Wild

    By Den1959
    Thoroughly enjoyed it. Inspiring!
  • Wild

    By Champs0808
    Fantastic read, inspiring, interesting, informative. Makes me want to head out on a 5 month adventure!!
  • Amazing

    By Trad3mistakes
    I'm usually not into the biography type books but this story got me hooked. By only reading the first few pages I know I would fall madly in love with this book. Cheryl is someone that I look up to and her writing skills are just amazing. As a journalism and English literature student I could only wish that my writing skills could one day ever get close to matching with hers. This books is amazing from the get go and makes me proud to be a women because like Cheryl did we can all achieve such greatness. I am super excited to see the movie and how it will be portrayed and highly recommend that everyone reads this fantastic book !!