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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is a paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 2013 by Penguin Australia
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Nomes
Wow. Tim Sinclair's debut verse novel on parkour is really something else. For starters, it's everything I like my verse novels to be: that delicious exploration of words and rhythm (not rhyme) and experimentation in typography variation. It's a visual masterpiece with so many pages set out in a unique and arresting format. Truly stunning, the pages are an artwork. There's an energy to the writing that drives it forward, at the same time, the words are put together so carefully that you have to ...more
Ben Winch
Tim Sinclair is my old friend from high school - we've talked shop often and collaborated - so no way am I gonna review his novel. But I will say one thing: the blurb doesn't do it justice. 'Genre fiction meets literary verse novel'? It's a thriller about parkour for teenagers! It's BMX Bandits without the bikes, Pattern Recognition in poems, John Carpenter meets Arthur Conan Doyle with typesetting by Kandinsky. Could be it has 'literary merit', but to dryly state it on the back cover when you'r ...more
Ernie
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-book
This is a verse novel, told in active first person narration by a character obsessed with the activity called ‘parkour’, invented by French youths in the unemployment zone of the outer suburbs and high rise public housing in Paris. The action involves running and jumping with grace across and between buildings at night. Sinclair, the writer opens with his character making a daring drop from an overpass onto the rail of the Sydney monorail and a run to beat the train into the next station and esc ...more
Amanda
Run is Tim Sinclair’s first verse novel for YA readers, and it’s set in Sydney. I hadn’t heard a thing about this book until I saw Nomes review it, and I immediately knew I had to read it.
Ian David Simmons, nicknamed Dee, grew up in South Australia and thanks to his father’s constant renovations, has moved house and schools many times. At one of his last schools he met Trent Williams, aka Trench. In him, Dee finally has a friend and Trench has someone to share his love of parkour with. Trench s
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Chantal
A REMARKABLE combination of YA adventure fiction, literary prose (NOT rhyming); visually appealing typesetting and ACTION, ACTION, ACTION! I was hooked by the beautiful presentation of prose and almost 'shape' poetry; by the visual imagery of the typesetting and the vocabulary; and, for someone who is absolutely NOT into extreme sports, by the sheer movement of the main character and his passion for parkour.

A stunning novel that truly creates pictures in the mind of the reader and a must read fo
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Elegale
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this two years ago.
Liked the rhythm and poetic format. Fast-paced and rushing with paranoia, the book was finished quickly.
Kirstin
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading Run and my head hurts - I am not sure I was able to divert my attention for long enough to intake air during that last mission … towards the final quarter of the novel I realised that I could not tell whether author Tim Sinclair loved Dee enough to save his life, or would he let him rot in a horrible prison? (or worse)

I feel as though this story took me somewhere that I could never have gone on my own. I am not sure whether it is just towards the world of parkour, or
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Sarah
It wouldn't be lying to say that I was completely blown away by this book. I was hoping to enjoy it, and I certainly had an idea of my mind of what it would be like before I read it, and it was so, so far what I was expecting, in the best possible way. I started reading on a whim, kind of in a I'll just see what this is like for a few chapters way, and I was instantly hooked. The talent on the Inkys longlist, especially the Aussie ones, is absolutely stupendous this year, and Run is no exception ...more
Rhonda
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this because it is a prose novel and I wanted to see how that would work. it isn't a subject I would normally choose though I would call it young adult fiction which is a category, when well written, that I enjoy. By well written I mean according to my standards, which are basically the same as those I apply to adult and a children's fiction ie engaging story, consistency, believable and engaging characters, and (most of all!) succeeds in suspending reality for me. It satisfied all of the ...more
Nina
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Average book, but I did enjoy the way Sinclair used the literary verse way to express his story and to follow the story line. I thought it ended really well and I liked that it was set in Sydney of course. I mean seriously.

So basically this book tells the story of Dee (nickname) who has a pretty boring life and is pretty much a social outcast. who lives for parkour. He is roped into dangerous activity and risky situations. i ENJOYED THE BOOK. but it's content wasnt really my cup of tea. But defi
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Annette
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Run by Tim Sinclair is a literary novel concentrating on an extreme sport called parkour. I appreciate the writing style and the subject matter but could only push myself through to halfway through the book. I can't see that an adventure loving reader who likes action would take the time to read poetry verse in this form. I hope I am wrong. It is a sophisticated read, not enough reviews on this site for me to appreciate what others think of this style and subject.
Heidi
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I met Tim Sinclair at Reading Matters in Melbourne last year. He told me that "Run" was a novel with "30% less words, but all the action". I have used this quote to recommend it to reluctant teenage readers, with much success. The adrenaline-fueled storyline assists, naturally. This book opened my eyes to verse novels, and for that I am grateful. Words used sparingly can be even more beautiful. Please, Tim, write more, soon!
Rosalie
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
YA verse novel, parkour thriller set in Sydney. I really liked his use of words to paint a picture-
I move quickly over sandstone
With its soft graffiti love,
names preserved far longer
than the passion that carved them there,
History imprinted all around me.
And his use of text to catch the flow of movement.
Nella
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Although I didn't know anything about parkour, I still enjoyed this thriller. Good to see the computer hacker is a girl
Matthew Gacsal
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not my type of book.
Katg
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Great Sydney spikes good for boys teen
Michael Earp
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great thriller set in Sydney's inner suburbs. The verse novel format is perfectly suited for the gripping parkour action.
Nice use of concrete poetry throughout!
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Tim Sinclair grew up in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Since then he has lived and worked in a number of different places around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, Nagoya, and New York City. He currently lives in Sydney. He writes YA novels and poetry.

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