The End Of The World Running Club
Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, under-performing husband and reluctant father – for Ed, the world may as well have already ended.
So when it does end in a catastrophic asteroid strike and Edgar and his family find refuge in an Edinburgh army barracks, it comes as something of a relief. His world becomes simpler, life becomes easier, things might just be looking up.
But nothing’s ever that simple. Returning from a salvage run in the city, Edgar finds his family gone, taken to the south coast for evacuation by an international task force. Suddenly he finds himself facing a gruelling journey on foot across a devastated United Kingdom. Accompanied by a group of misfits that include a large, hairy tattoo artist and an old man who claims to have run around Australia, Edgar must race against time and overcome his own short-comings, not to mention 100 mile canyons and a very strange council estate, to find the people he loves before he loses them forever.
A vivid, gripping story of hope, long-distance running and how we break the limits of our own endurance.
What people are saying about The End of the World Running Club:
“Simply amazing” *****
“So good to find such a cleverly written, funny, & heartbreaking story” *****
“…a story with real heart” *****
“Just lung-burstingly good” *****
“…one of the most profoundly moving and insightful looks into the human condition that I have ever come across” *****
“…in a class of its own” *****
I have never suffered from claustrophobia, but after reading the start of this novel, I now have an understanding of that fear and a sense of what it must be like to feel trapped with no hope of escape. The fact that these opening scene’s also include the main character’s young family, make it that much more real and emotional.This is the second novel I’ve read by Adrian J Walker and the second one I would highly recommend. The End of the World Running Club is a slick and addictive read. It begins with an emotional scene of devastation and then brings you along on a exhausting journey that continues to ramp up the tension with each passing day.This is one of those books that stays with you during your working day. I found myself looking around the city during my daily commute, wondering how people would react to the type of chaos that occurs within this book. It makes you appreciate a quiet life.Finally, I would recommend this book to those with young families. This book is about appreciating your family and the simple things in life. Once those are lost, it’s about holding onto hope against all odds with the belief that you’ll get those things back one day.
This book took me by surprise. I purchased the book because it was 99 cents and the synopsis sounded interesting. Every once in awhile I’m in the mood for an apocalypse book, so I thought I would give this book a shot. And while this book is indeed a end of the world survival book, it is so much more. This book goes into spiritual philosophy, family dynamics, class warfare, and the Tao of long distance running. All these themes are weaved into Ed’s journey as he travels south through the UK to find his family. I look forward to reading more from this Author.
I’ve read a lot of post-apocalyptic stories in the last few years. In a sea of zombies and commandos, this book really stands out.Edgar is bored to death and mooching along through his life, doing the bare minimum at work and avoiding his family in favor of alcohol and television. Everything is weighing him down: his family, his thoughts, his body. Mentally, he’s a mess–he feels trapped. Then the world ends, and he IS trapped. He and his family have survived, but now what? More of the same, only with different food and a ruined landscape?But when his family is evacuated without him, Edgar must travel from Scotland to the south coast of England to find them. More survivors agree to go along. But driving is out of the question, and with 450 miles to go in a limited time, walking isn’t going to work either. So they begin to run.I should say here that though I’m an exerciser, I’m not really big on books about the subject. I was a little afraid this would turn into one of those self-help numbers where somebody impossibly fit does an amazing thing and Learns All About Life in the process. But that isn’t what happened to Edgar. I’m not sure if I can describe what happens to Edgar–while he does learn all about life, it isn’t quite the way you might think!That’s because Edgar isn’t some hyper-focused narcissist on a quest to make himself a better person (meaning, better person than YOU). He’s a regular, modern adult whose worries and problems could belong to any middle-aged person. Watching him handle his circumstances was more inspiring than a hundred self-help books. Even though this is a post-apocalyptic novel, it’s incredibly hopeful–I guess because, to paraphrase one of the characters, hope is brightest when the world is the darkest.This is far and away the best book I’ve read this year. If you’re looking for zombies and goo, there are plenty of great series out there. But if you want to know what it must feel like to go from surviving a disaster to really living through one, this book’s for you.
This story was very "authentic"; no fluff or filler to make the reader feel good. Nothing like some perfectly planned movie. Some will either love or hate this fact. As someone that has gone on my own, somewhat similar but no where near as extreme, journey with hurricane Katrina, I apperciate the candid nature of this book. This is how I think all average modern day humans would feel if put in a similar situation. Sure at times, reading of the character’s exploits is hard and even draining, b/c as humans we want there to be a silverlining or a punchline on every page. However, this books stays true to life and presents occurrences and realizations without unnecessary circ du soleil theatrics. It has the feel of an autobiograghy not a fiction.
I don’t really do running clubs. I run as I dream—alone. But if I did join a club, it would certainly be to run through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with some new found mates, trying to reach my family before they shipped off forever. This is part of the scenario in the book, “The End of the World Running Club," a novel by Adrian Walker. The novel is a wonderful, harrowing, epic, witty, and emotional story of the apocalypse and one man’s attempt to be the father he wanted to be after the world ends. I almost cried at the end of this book. Well, I did cry, but nobody saw. If a tear falls in the forest….The main character, Edgar, is a more than a tad lazy, not a terrible man, but on a scale of 1 to 10 his parenting efforts stop at a 6. One morning after a bit too much to drink, the apocalypse starts to rain down, and he is forced to rise to the occasion. It’s time to bunker down. Throughout his adventures, he encounters others who are doing their best to survive, and of course many who have turned savage. Sometimes there is a great notion in the moral decay, but often there are hidden and deadly motives. I couldn’t help but imagine the cast of The Walking Dead in comparison journeying through this land. In other ways, this is a UK version of “The Road." It is told with a dry wit, more stoic, almost darkly comedic at times. The philosophical interludes of the main character reflecting on the human condition were told with such unique insight I could have listened all day.This book is probably 75 percent apocalyptic story, and 25% running tale, but there is endurance and perseverance inherent in every move. You’ll spend time trapped in a cellar gasping for air and water and smelling the stink of your own body. You’ll spend time in ravaged cities with scavengers and in military bases trying to salvage something out of the wreckage. But you’ll also find great passages of running, most of which focused on the mental aspect of running. You’ll want to meet Jesus, you’ll want to holler at the rising sun, and you may highlight a ton of passages on your kindle, like I did. Take this one for example: “That other beast inside you, the one your rarely see? You have it tethered tight. It watches and waits while you mess up your life, fill your body with poison and muddy your mind with worry. For some it takes just one call to free it. For others it takes five hundred miles of agony. But mine was free now, for the first time since I was a boy, running with a grin like a wolf through moonlit bracken. Pain ran alongside me, kindred and beautiful and grinning my grin. I’ll always be here, it said. Always, but now we’re friends.”Any club that helps a runner make a friend of the pain and sets their beast free is right on. Grabbed this book on Kindle Unlimited, and am so glad I did.
You know how a lot of books lately come in 10 different parts? Well, not this one. This one is complete. An actual novel. Don’t get me wrong, there is the potential to explore these characters further, however, this book stands on it’s own.Well written, well edited, characters I cared about….nicely done. Will read the next book Mr. Walker puts out. I am just about to start reading his short story, From the Storm. Refreshing to find this author.
Enjoyed reading this book, very descriptive and exciting.
This was a wonderfully refreshing read. Although apocalyptic, it leaves the reader feeling the emotions of each character as they each deal with the events as they unfold. A little long on some descriptive scenes but the dialog is smooth and insightful.
Not only a brilliant story, but one of the most profoundly moving and insightful looks into the human condition that I have ever come across. In parts deeply disturbing, and eminently hopeful. Simply amazing. Fast-paced plot where it should be, characterization that is real and honest, insightful and witty and profound.I picked this book up on Amazon as one of the cheap specials, most of which have been somewhat mildly entertaining, with few really good stories, but this, THIS was masterful! The original take on the plot itself and the imagination shown in telling of what life "after" would be like is reason enough to really love this book, but I never expected writing of such absolutely brilliant quality. There is a section about 85% of way through the book where Ed is ruminating on certainty, finding meaning in life, and our constant striving to understand and describe it that rang such a cord of truth."It’s hard being a human. Most of the time we’re just blind idiots seeking joy in a world full of fear and pain. We have no idea what we’re doing and on the rare occasions when we get things right, we’re just lucky. Our lives are filled with humdrum, dust and noise with no meaning. And yet they contain moments that seem to mean something, something we can’t describe but want to. Those moments leave holes that we want to fill. We want to name them, paint them, teach them, sing them. But we can’t. We can’t because when we try the hole disappears and all we can see is the imperfect, unrecognizable imprint of our own crude imagination."Just one of the many gems that I have marked all throughout the book.I’m really impressed. I have just added Adrian J. Walker to my list of favorite authors and I imagine many others will soon be doing the same.
I’m a fan of disaster/end-of-the-world novels and, in my experience, finding profound depth alongside entertaining writing in this genre is rare. This is an apocalypse tale that went beyond the vicarious thrill of survival to touch my heart and actually give inspiration that I feel like I can apply to my own not-so-exciting everyday life. Like The Road by Cormac McCarthy, I felt like the story said something about the human condition, but unlike that bleak novel, I was left with feelings of hope and general fondness for humanity instead of despair for our species and existence in general.End of the World RC has so much going for it. It has the horror of the end of the world, but some of the humor of a light-hearted road story. It had characters that I grew genuinely fond of, and the writer’s keen observations had me highlighting passages in my Kindle as I have rarely done in any fiction novel. One theme of the story is how a person accomplishes the impossible when called upon to do so and these passages were particularly motivating to me. (It is funny to me that my first highlight was a passage where a baby farts, a character comments that is the smartest thing heard that evening and everyone laughs. The author’s observation that it is hard not to (laugh) when a baby farts and an old man smiles makes me chuckle even now.)