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The End of the World Running Club

By Adrian J. Walker
Read by Jot Davies

15.02 Hours 09/05/2017 unabridged
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Edgar Hill is thirty-five and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, underperforming 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. 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 grueling journey on foot across a devastated United Kingdom. Edgar must race against time and overcome his own shortcomings, not to mention hundred-mile canyons and a heavily flooded west coast, to find the people he loves before he loses them forever. This is a vivid, gripping story of hope, long-distance running, and how we break the limits of our own endurance.

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Summary

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BookRiot Pick of September Must Reads

Indie Next List selection for reading groups

io9 Pick for Fall 2017

Edgar Hill is thirty-five and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, underperforming 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.

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 grueling journey on foot across a devastated United Kingdom. Edgar must race against time and overcome his own shortcomings, not to mention hundred-mile canyons and a heavily flooded west coast, to find the people he loves before he loses them forever.

This is a vivid, gripping story of hope, long-distance running, and how we break the limits of our own endurance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An exciting and nerve-wracking ‘run.’” Robert McCammon, New York Times bestselling author
“What sets this novel apart is Walker’s extraordinary emotional articulacy.” Sun (UK)
“Proves a great success as a novel of the apocalypse: one that focuses not on the nightmares that the end of the world might bring but on what it takes to find meaning amid such horrors.” Shelf Awareness
“Initially a dislikable character, Ed emerges as a hero from the wreckage, and readers will cheer, perhaps unwillingly at first, for a very human father. Harrowing and heartrending, this is a novel that is almost impossible to put down.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A beautifully written postapocalyptic tale of a flawed man’s struggle for survival and redemption.” Booklist
“A gripping portrayal of a postapocalyptic world. This type of end-of-the-world story has been told before, but rarely with the intensity and believability that Walker creates here…This is a wholly convincing and exciting novel.” Publishers Weekly
“Ridiculously gripping straight from the start.” Jenny Colgan, author of Little Beach Street Bakery

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Author

Author Bio: Adrian J. Walker

Adrian J. Walker was born in the bush suburbs of Sydney, Australia, in the mid ’70s. After his father found a camper van in a ditch, he renovated it and moved his family back to the UK, where Adrian was raised. Ever since he can remember, Adrian has been interested in three things: words, music, and technology, and when he graduated from the University of Leeds, he found a career in software.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 15.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English