Annabel Abbs

Annabel Abbs is an award-winning author and journalist. She writes regularly for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and lives in London, with her husband and four children. Her novels, The Joyce Girl and Frieda, were published to great acclaim.


  • “Beautiful and meditative. . . . This lush narrative serves as the perfect excuse to get moving.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Abbs] connects clarity of mind, communion with land, and rejection of gender roles to this specific corporeal movement―one which many have turned to in the past year.”


  • “Abbs is a witty and engaging guide, seamlessly weaving her own experience with those of her ‘walking women,’ all of whom discovered that the simple act of taking one step at a time can be the most powerful—and defiant—of all.”

    —Abbott Kahler, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghosts of Eden Park

  • “I couldn’t put it down. Quite extraordinary. . . . written in such a free flowing, readable style. I’m in awe.”

    —Maggie Humm, author of Talland House

  • “A triumph. . . . I felt as though I were being lifted, carried up to peaks.”

    —Charlotte Peacock

  • “I love how the act of walking connects the lives of these women—and how it transforms them. It makes me want to go for a hike just to see what happens. Windswept satisfies my endless appetite for untold stories of women’s history, filling important gaps and bringing their stories into light.”

    —Mia Kankimäki, author of The Women I Think About At Night