Footnotes How Running Makes Us Human

by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Footnotes How Running Makes Us Human Synopsis

Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world. When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him out to tread London's cobbled streets, climbing to sites that have seen a millennium of hangings, and down the crumbling alleyways of Ruskin's Venice. Footnotes transports you to the cliff tops of Hardy's Dorset, the deserted shorelines of Seattle, the giant redwood forests of California, and to the world's most advanced running laboratories and research centres, using debates in literature, philosophy and biology to explore that simple human desire to run. Liberating and inspiring, this book reminds us why feeling the earth beneath our feet is a necessary and healing part of our lives.

Footnotes How Running Makes Us Human Press Reviews

A wonderfully subtle and ambitious book -- P.D. Smith * Guardian * Insightful and intoxicating. Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book makes you take your shoes off and run through a world of ideas about nature. -- Lynne Truss Delightful * The Times Literary Supplement * Footnotes is a blazing achievement. -- Kate Norbury * Caught by the River * Few have done it so artfully and completely. -- Oliver Balch * Literary Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091960193
Publication date: 26th May 2016
Author: Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Marathon & cross-country running,

About Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Vybarr Cregan-Reid is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Kent. He has a popular blog, psychojography.com, and has written on running for the Guardian, Telegraph, Literary Review and the BBC. He has also written numerous articles and essays for academic journals and a book on Victorian culture. @vybarr

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