Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

This month, our Book Talk panel turns its attention to the wildly successful Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This brutally honest memoir tells of a twenty-something Strayed coming to terms with her mother's shockingly quick death from cancer. Feeling lost, and with nothing to lose, the author made the impulsive decision to walk eleven-hundred miles along the west coast of America. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and yet decided to do it alone. The journey risked and yet ultimately saved her life.

She's been criticised for taking on such a mammoth physical task while being woefully underprepared, and some readers have expressed disbelief at some of the events in the story. Does the fantastic honesty of this memoir make the author brave, and a feminist icon as some have claimed? Or, does the book fall short of being the affecting, moving narrative that the author intends it to be?

In early 2015, the book became a movie starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed - so what better time to feature it on Book Talk? Join host Claire Marchant-Collier and her guests Michael Merillo (@Merillo) from Scottish Book Trust, who's walked the trail himself, and novelist Sophie Cooke (@MissSophieCooke).

Have you read the book, or seen the film - or both? Did you find the story inspirational and thrilling, or did the book leave you cold? We'd love to know what you thought - you can join the discussion in the comments below, or on Twitter @scottishbktrust.

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