The ultimate race against time thriller! A post-apocalyptic running fable about hope, love and endurance.
When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts.
No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever…
His best option is to run.
But what if your best isn’t good enough?
Adrian J Walker Biography
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.
He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Adrian J Walker on the Inspiration Behind The End of the World Running Club
When I was fifteen I read Lucifer’s Hammer and was instantly hooked on the end of the world. Like all fans of post-apocalyptic literature, I am somewhat morbidly fascinated by the concept of massive enforced change on a global scale. That all of the distractions and complexities of life could suddenly be removed – the idea captivated me, and has done ever since. Accompanying the shock and sadness we all share when the world endures another one of its horrors, for me there is also a shameful thrill… could this be the one?
I don’t know what that says about me. I can only apologise.
I’m the proud father of two children, and I’m sure most parents would agree with me that the arrival of one’s offspring is probably one of the most massive enforced changes you will go through. Those first weeks and months stumbling about in dark rooms covered in unmentionable fluids and wondering which end is up can be extremely stressful, and the way I handled that stress was through running. Long jaunts into the Pentland Hills or short blasts around Arthur’s Seat helped me unwind and clear my head. I became interested in the psychology of running, especially in endurance runners who test their limits on grueling hundred-mile races. The brilliant Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat & Run by Scott Jurek both taught me that state of mind is almost more important than physical fitness when it comes to extreme distances.
So, as a new father, keen runner and apocalypse obsessive, it was only natural that I wrote The End of the World Running Club. Its hero, Ed, is somewhat overwhelmed by life, and he feels the stress of parenthood a little more than most. It takes the end of the world to shake him up and a wee spot of running (550 miles, to be exact) to help him find what matters most; namely, the people he loves.