Out of the Woods: A Memoir (Audio Download):

Out of the Woods: A Memoir (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Luke Turner, Luke Turner, Orion: Audible Audiobooks After the disintegration of the most significant relationship of his life, the demons Luke Turner has been battling since childhood are quick to return depression and guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man, experiences of sexual abuse, and the religious upbringing that was the cause of so much confusion It is among the trees of London s Epping Forest where he seeks refuge But once a place of comfort, it now seems full of unexpected, elusive threats that trigger twisted reactions No stranger to compulsion, Luke finds himself drawn again and again to the woods, eager to uncover the strange secrets that may be buried there as he investigates an old family rumour of illicit behaviour Away from a society that still struggles to cope with the complexities of masculinity and sexuality, Luke seeks to accept the duality that has been the cause of so much unrest in his life and reconcile the expectations of others with his own way of being Out of the Woods is a dazzling, devastating and highly original memoir about the irresistible yet double edged potency of the forest, and the possibility of learning to find peace in the grey areas of life


9 thoughts on “Out of the Woods: A Memoir (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Luke Turner, Luke Turner, Orion: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Allan Hildon Allan Hildon says:

    It only took a few pages before I starting thinking is this an essay or a memoir I was none the wiser after struggling to the end of the book The writing was on the wall when Turner declares on page six Once again, my sexual orientation had begun to flow in confused directions and I struggled against the binary rules of heteronormative love And so it goes on.To be fair, I think Turner has some great stories aching to be freed from the bog of self absorption This book just wasn t the launch pad they deserved.


  2. 54678 54678 says:

    Out of the Woods is a really disappointing book There is a vaporous class condescension conventional blokes I d always loathed etc , which is difficult to pin down precisely, just as in Olivia Laing, but it s there , and also an intolerance of the ugly, the physically unblessed that is present outside the justifiable revulsion in certain key scenes It just feels too in thrall to the author s sense of superiority and difference, despite all the self flagellation pure covert narcissism And I speak as someone who really enjoys reading the author s stuff on The Quietus I can t begin to say how disappointed I was upon finishing this book I really wanted to like it And for all its proclaimed difference, it still instrumentalises nature much like all the memoirs he dismisses And it still has that basic narrative of transformation and betterment that getting scared by some odd shaped trees and having several boring trips doesn t entirely counter a book like Butcher s Crossing is light years beyond this on nature and darkness And no book that includes this ludicrous line on the Moors Murders should ever have been published Talk of their deeds must have reached my young ears, and I d shrink from the car window while crossing Saddleworth Moor where mire and Myra alike might drag little boys down And, the opening conceit with the photo on the wall Dear Lord It s just like in Alan Partridge s Nomad his box of his father s things in the attic serving precisely the same purpose though Partridge at least acknowledges the hokiness and contrivance In fact, there are so many similarities between Nomad and Out of the Woods, it s uncanny.


  3. lisaannejenkins lisaannejenkins says:

    It s rare that words can bring something so vividly to life that you feel you are part that tapestry Nature and sex are combined in perfect unity, and this is probably one of the most important books written on male sexuality and desire outside of society s heteronormative expectations A beautifully written book.


  4. A Chain A Chain says:

    An unexpectedly lovely, lyrically written, beautifully told story It has the quality of making you think, taking you to your own reflections and yet really investing in his story Loved this book Only one criticism so many references to pollarded trees I started playing pollard bingo


  5. James Carpenter James Carpenter says:

    It seems to be a reconciliation about the author being Bi but at the end the author get happy that his religious turmoil is resolved be falling for a member of the opposite sex and all that worry was pushed back under the carpet I genuinely wish the Author well, but please talk to someone to address these issues


  6. Ruth Ruth says:

    Well written A brave honest account of the author s life inner struggles relationships Great admiration for Luke s courage in writing the book for his personal strength in working through the issues that he s been dealing with.


  7. Victoria Field Victoria Field says:

    I stopped writing reviews but seeing how few this remarkable and important book has received, felt compelled to add one The book is multi faceted but for me its power lies in the way it explores the ordinary that exists under our noses, whether people or environment and the extraordinary, ditto It also celebrates and questions the role of religion, family, sexuality, teenage experience, coupledom, friendship and how to live a life in an era that appears to be liberal but is actually full of prejudice and hypocrisy I find my own solace and inspiration in local woods and the importance of trees can t be overestimated I m adding this to various reading lists it s an important addition to the growing literature relating place to human existence.


  8. Tim Tim says:

    Evidently not from this evidence But what did you expect Luke Turner searches for solace among the trees after a relationship breakdown but gets than he bargained for hauntings from past shames and traumas, a voyage into his own confusing sexuality But he finds clearings along the way, lets the light in between the thickets and gnarled trunks This is a beautiful book that I greatly enjoyed, a memoir that 80s and 90s kids will recognise, a true engagement with modern nature, an exploration of obsession, sex and religion and most importantly an affirmation of love.


  9. DrummondHouse DrummondHouse says:

    A bold and well formed account Very relatable Couldn t put it down.


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