This week we round up the 5 greatest fiction books on running. As good as biographies can be, sometimes there’s nothing better than a twist-in-the-tale kinda book to sink your teeth into. Here is our list:
Once a Runner
John L. Parker, Jr.
First published in 1978, this book has since become a cult classic. A go to for runner’s of all sorts, in this book Parker illustrates the dedication and hard work that is demanded of an elite runner.
Team up an eccentric, demanding coach with a Cockney Miler who becomes a world class athlete and you get a great book. The human cost for international fame as an athlete has an Icarus/Faustian quality about it which is portrayed brilliantly in this book
Life at These Speeds
Kevin Schuler was a popular kid in class 8 with an above average, definitely noticeable record on track. After not taking a bus that crashes and kills his girlfriend and classmates, Kevin becomes a speed god on the track. He goes on a record breaking spree, gaining national attention until the time he realizes that he can’t detach and run away from his memories for too long. A definite page-turner, this.
The Purple Runner
This book is about two stories starting out in London. One story is about a New Zealand marathoner working on breaking her average run timing marathon running, and the other story us about a mysterious world-class runner with a disfigured face. The mysterious runner’s return to competition finally happens in a spectacular manner when both runners compete in the London Marathon. Highly recommended.
We hope these see you through this weekend (and the next). Happy reading and running!
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