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Episode 1

Book of the Week, Wild Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 31 December 2012

Cheryl Strayed's redemptive account of hiking 1100 miles alone through America's rugged western landscape. At twenty-six Cheryl Strayed thought she'd lost everything after her mother died, and her marriage crumbled. With no previous experience of backpacking, she made the impulsive decision to rebuild her life by setting out on an incredible journey along America's Pacific Crest Trail. Beginning in California's Mojave Desert and ending at the Bridge of the Gods, marking the border between Oregon and Washington State, Strayed's story captures the physical, mental and emotional highs and lows of her experience.

Cheryl Strayed is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Reader: Kelly Burke
Abridger: Miranda Davies
Producer: Elizabeth Allard.


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