Canongate has signed memoir from Amy Liptrot, combining her recovery from alcoholism with a tribute to the natural world.
The Outrun was signed by senior editor Jenny Lord in a deal for world rights with James Macdonald Lockhart at Antony Harwood Ltd.
Liptrot grew up on a sheep farm on Orkney, where she longed for the excitement of a big city. When she did move to London, she found excitement, but also succumbed to alcoholism, before returning to Orkney where its wildness and history plays a key part in her recovery.
Lord said: "The Outrun is one of the most powerful and unique accounts of overcoming addiction I have ever read. It is also an extraordinary piece of nature writing by an exceptional young writer, and the kind of book that makes you feel more alive."
Liptrot said: "The book is about my rediscovery of Orkney, made through working in the land and swimming in the sea and listening for birds at night, and about my complex relationship with the islands. It’s also about what happened after I stopped drinking. Not only was I writing about getting sober but also the writing itself has played a huge part in my recovery. Canongate - a publisher that, like me, has one foot in Scotland and the other in London - is the perfect home for my book."
The Outrun will be published in January 2016.