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

The Running Book : A Journey through Memory, Landscape and History
Author: John Connell
Rating: 4.15
Bestsellers Rate: 62166
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 176
Hours of reading: 2.9 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 12,85 €

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From the award-winning, number one bestselling author of The Cow Book. It is summer, the hay and silage have not yet been made on John Connell's farm, so he has time to indulge his other great passion: running. John sets off on a marathon run of 42.2 kilometres through his native Longford, the scene of his award-winning book The Cow Book. As he runs across woodlands, fields and tiny roads, he tells the story of his life and contemplates Ireland's history, old and new. He also remembers other great runs he has done, from Australia to Canada, and tells the stories of some of his running heroes, such as Haile Gebrselassie. Part memoir, part essay, The Running Book explores what it is to be alive and what movement can do for a person. It is deeply intimate and wide-ranging, local and global: Connell is as likely to write about colonialism and the effect of British imperialism in Ireland and its former colonies as he is about life on his family farm in Ballinalee, County Longford. Told in 42 chapters, each another kilometre in the 42.2k race, the whole book is 42,000 words long and it captures what it is to undertake a marathon moment by moment, in body and mind. Above all, The Running Book is a book about the nature of happiness and how for one man it came through the feet.

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A compelling insight into the mind of someone who loves to run for running's sake, and who is keen to immerse himself fully into the world around him * Irish Independent * In this difficult new world where a walk or a run around the block might be the only respite your mental health gets in a day of isolation, Connell's paean to the activity couldn't be better timed * Sunday Independent * This book explores wonderfully the joys and pleasures of running and conveys why it is so important to so many people. Through running journeys that are interspersed with interesting anecdotes and memories, the history and beauty of Ireland are brought to life. We are all unique and run for many different reasons but every runner will find something poignant that resonates within this book. -- Paula Radcliffe Some books are for runners, some are for history lovers. This charming volume is for both. It has made me vow to keep my eyes more widely open the next time I put my running shoes on - whether the ground beneath my feet is new or familiar. -- Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost Read The Running Book and you see life in every route you run: past, present and future. Life is for running. -- Sonia O'Sullivan British colonialism is a topic that demands coverage and I am glad that Mr Connell is approaching it from this new lens. -- Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire In this slim volume, Connell offers a lovely testimonial to all the seeing to be done by eyes and hearts that hold themselves open. And he shows us that, wherever we run, the world remains with us, to be grasped in all its grief and majesty. -- Zia Haider Rahman, author of In The Light of What We Know Sensational! John Connell has done it again -- Dean Karnazes

John Connell Biography

John Connell is Professor of Human Geography in the University of Sydney, New South Wales. He has a PhD from University College London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and of the NSW Geographical Society. He was previously a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and in the Department of Economics, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University. He has been a consultant to the International Labour Organisation, the World Health Organisation, the South Pacific Commission, SPREP, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Organisation of Migration. His research focuses on development in small island states, including those in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, centered on migration and remittances, rural development and coral atolls. Kristen Lowitt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Brandon University. Her research utilizes participatory and community-based approaches to understand the relationships between food security, natural resource management, and communities in rural and coastal contexts. She has undertaken research in the Global North and South. She is also a previous Fellow on the Council on the Future of Food Security and Agriculture, World Economic Forum. ... Read full biography

Authors: John Connell
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Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Imprint: PICADOR
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781529042351
ISBN10: 1529042356
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 176
Book Weight: 358
Book Dimensions: 143x223x25
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Publication date: Oct. 1, 2020
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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