John Connell The Running Book: A Journey Through Memory, Landscape And History

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In The Running Book, John Connell vividly describes a marathon through County Longford, Ireland, where he lives and farms. Because running is as much about the mind as the body, the book is about more than the physical experience.

What John sees on his journey prompts him to contemplate a wide range of things: he's as likely to think about local Irish history, the legacy of colonialism in Australia or the story of Haile Gebrselassie as he is to remember his own past runs in Arizona or Ibiza.

After a mental health crisis, John found the simple act of putting one foot in front of another helped him to regain his sense of self and better appreciate the world around him. At its core, The Running Book is a life-affirming read about the nature of happiness - and how for one man it came through the feet.

About the Author
John Connell's work has been published in Granta's 'New Irish Writing' issue. His memoir The Cow Book was a number one bestseller in Ireland and was Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2018 An Post Irish Book Awards. He is a multi-award-winning investigative journalist and editor, film producer and playwright. He lives on his family farm, Birchview, in County Longford, Ireland.
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'Takes the theme of running and opens it out into something much wider'
- Irish Times

'Read The Running Book and you see life in every route you run; past, present and future, life is for running'
- Sonia O'Sullivan

'Every runner will find something poignant that resonates within this book'
- Paula Radcliffe

'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

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