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The Running Book Reviews

The Running Book by John Connell

The Running Book: A Journey through Memory, Landscape and History

John Connell

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1 review

Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 1 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781529042351

A book about the joys and pleasures of running, the highs and lows of life, the history and landscape of Ireland, and so much more.

4 stars out of 5
11 Oct 2020

"a grounded writer on the right track"

In later chapters of The Running Book, Connell finds himself far from where he started: the Mojave Desert. It tempts him towards a big philosophical finish on the penultimate page that, a bit like a sprint at the end of an ultramarathon, doesn’t quite come off. But wisely, he leaves the last words to Longford. There he finishes on familiar ground, his goal achieved: tired but happy, and home.