Running with the Pack | Granta

  • Published: 06/03/2014
  • ISBN: 9781847082633
  • 129x20mm
  • 224 pages

Running with the Pack

Mark Rowlands

‘Most of the serious thinking I have done over the past twenty years has been done while running.’

Mark Rowlands has run for most of his life. He has also been a professional philosopher. And for him the two – running and philosophising – are inextricably connected. In Running with the Pack he tells us about the most significant runs of his life: from the entire day he spent running as a boy in Wales, to the runs along French beaches and up Irish mountains with his beloved wolf Brenin, and through Florida swamps more recently with his dog Nina. Woven throughout the book are profound meditations on mortality, middle age and the meaning of life. This is a highly original and moving book that will make the philosophically inclined want to run, and those who love running become intoxicated by philosophical ideas.

Life-affirming... gets straight to the heart of why running is has such an important place in our lives... perfectly captures the essence of what happens when we lace up a pair of trainers and close the door behind us... Outstanding

Robin Harvie, author of Why We Run

Rowlands is a lovely writer, funny and moving... If you're of an optimistic bent, hopeful that life will offer up moments of wonder and delight, then Rowlands is your kind - my kind - of philosopher

Miranda Sawyer, Observer

Rowlands's book is an inquiry into contemporary understanding of "what is important or valuable in life"... Enjoyable

James Vincent, Financial Times

The Author

Mark Rowlands was born in Newport, Wales. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and the author of sixteen books, including the bestselling The Philosopher and the Wolf. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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