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The End of the World Running Club

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,104 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews

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?
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Del Rey (first published June 27th 2014)
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Reading Corner
Sep 05, 2016 Reading Corner rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this one but it was nothing spectacular.The story was entertaining but had a few holes in it due to badly explained moments.(view spoiler)Most of the characters annoyed me especially the protagonist which I think was the point because he had a loving family and his health but he still managed to ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Emma added it
Shelves: giveaways
I'm DNFing this book because the main character is a whiny man child and I can't listen to him any longer.
May 24, 2016 Annet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic, dark
Imagine your country (in this case the UK) is hit by a catastrophic asteroid strike. By chance you realize this in time, take your wife and two kids into the cellar, grab some food and water, and survive. And when you finally get out, the world is full of death and destruction. And then a long road of survival begins in a desolate and destroyed country, you meet some people along the way and form a team, and head for Cornwall where supposedly, ships leave for parts of the world where there is st ...more
Mark Matthews
Aug 19, 2014 Mark Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Review originally from my blog:

I don’t really do running clubs. I run as I dream—alone. But if I did join a club, it would certainly be to run through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with some new found mates, trying to reach my family before they shipped off forever. This is part of the scenario in the book, “The End of the World Running Club," a novel by Adrian Walker. The novel is a wonderful, harrowing, epic, witty, and emotional story of the apocalyps
Stevie O'Connor
Sep 01, 2016 Stevie O'Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fantastic book that I would highly recommend. I don't want to spoil it, but this is a really emotionally intelligent book, full of dark humour, excellent plot twists and a certain kind of empathy and sweetness. If I hadn't been summer gallivanting, I'd have read this in a day. Defo going to check this author out for his other books....
Liz Barnsley
Before reading "The End of the World Running Club" I'd heard a few things about it, both good and bad, turns out that it gets points from me mostly for addictive quality and for its main character, Edgar, who seems to have divided opinion - but who I loved because he was so utterly whiny yet absolutely determined.

Poor Edgar. Really. He drinks a fair bit and is not that fit, he's not particularly happy with his lot in life, finding family life somewhat mundane. Cue fiery asteroids from outer spac
Oct 29, 2014 Gertie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little surprising - it starts out with a bang, a character who is a bit miserable, yet relatable, who is struck by tragedy along with his family.

For a short period in the book (say 30% in?) I started to lose interest, thinking it was going to be a run of the mill post-apocalyptic book.

But then shit goes down. It's one thing after the other - and as most fans of post-apoc fiction will admit, we kind of like that sort of thing. Having the SHTF is a good thing in these kinds of st
Sep 21, 2016 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The apocalypse has arrived and a man is forced to run (pretty much) from Scotland to Cornwall to find the family which has been evacuated ahead of him.

There’s a decidedly metropolitan middle-class viewpoint to this end of the world story. I suppose I should have expected that from the title, as a running club is a particularly middle-class pursuit. It’s made more noticeable though by the fact all the human threats they face come from either the working class or country folk. They come from the
Jan 03, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen this book lurking about the past few months. I even got it for a "deal" on my e-reader. I don't know why I choose to read these kind of stories on airplanes, but I do. I even got up at 5am to finish this story so the family would not bother me. I do not know what I was expecting. I cannot tell you what to expect. Once you start reading it, the Title makes perfect sense. I can say that I along with Edgar hate running. I really feel the same way he does about the whole subject of runni ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Buchdoktor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-dystopia
Ein Meteoritensturm hat die britischen Inseln verwüstet. Ein Jahr zuvor schon wurden von Astrophysikstudenten verdächtige Veränderungen in der Nähe eines Jupitermondes beobachtet. Die folgende Hitzewelle fackelte das Land förmlich ab. Selbst Zahlen der Toten und Überlebenden könnten das Ausmaß dieser Katastrophe nicht begreifbar machen.

Der Icherzähler Ed konnte sich allein in ein Haus retten, das kurz davor ist, ins Meer abzurutschen. In seinem begrenzten, winzigen Universum könnte er der einzig
Trev Twinem
Jul 18, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable dystopian novel where our hero Edgar is confronted with a world part destroyed by asteroids. His family become separated and he must make the long journey from Edinburgh to Falmouth by the only available mode, running. The story is full of sadness, and endeavour as Edgar tries to discover his inner self and realize, hopefully not too late, that when everything is stripped away what is left and what really is important is family.

The author regards Edgar's journey as an opportunity to q
Ellie Reynard
The only good thing about this book is that it had spectacular pace and I only wasted around 5 hours of my life reading it. And yeh I am going to give it a whole two stars because it is at least semi exciting and zombie-run esque.

The characters are paper thin wispy shreds of dialogue some of which have beards. Most of which are men. In fact I wouldn't say there are any "characters" who are women. Even the protagonist Ed's wife Beth who occupies his thoughts in a tiringly circular manner(and onl
Kitvaria Sarene
Sep 04, 2016 Kitvaria Sarene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
It was fluently written, so I stuck with it to the end.
But it never really sucked me in. I didn't really care for any o the characters - and when they were in danger I shrugged it of, instead of holding my breath.
The main character is a whiny male, who is so unfortunate as to have a wife and to children, and a job - so of course he has the hardest life possible... No wonder he has to whine and drink. *rolls eyes*

It read more like a drama with some occasional action sequences - and if that is wha
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Originally reviewed here:

3.75 Stars

*I received an e-copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, so you are an overweight, lazy, almost alcoholic 35 year old father of two. Your kids annoy you, your wife tolerates you - god knows why - and you are a failure. A failure as a man, a failure as a father and not much of a husband either. And then the worlds ends.

Well that escalated quickly.

Naturally, I disliked Edgar from the ver
Roo I MacLeod
End of the world running club
Let's get this straight from the start: I enjoyed this story and read it in a matter of days which is good for me. So I do reccomend it even though my review might suggest otherwise.
From page one I disliked the narrator which made reading the story difficult. And I was supposed to dislike him, I get that, but why read on if I don’t care whether he survives apocalypse or not.
Strangely enough the plot kept me going. The twists and turns were enough, but I never got to
Oct 08, 2016 Sinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da bereitet man sich innerlich jahrelang, und ausgesprochen sorgfältig, auf die Zombie-Apokalypse vor - und dann das! Steine, die vom Himmel fallen und alles in Rauch und Asche verwandeln. Naja. Fast alles.

Ich rede nicht unbedingt von unserem Protagonisten, sondern vielmehr von mir selbst. Warum? Weil mich die Figuren in Adrian Walkers "Am Ende aller Zeiten" so sehr an Durchschnittsmenschen erinnert haben, dass ich mich durchaus mit einigen davon identifizieren konnte. Sie sind fett und faul, ha
Tim Martin
This is not your typical end-of-the-world-post-apocalyptic novel. At all.

It started out like many others I have read (not that that's a bad thing). Our narrator is Edgar Hill, a 35 year old married parent of two who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is pretty much a good every man; not a particularly great father, husband, worker, or neighbor, but certainly not a bad one. By luck, slightly more aware and prepared for the end of this particularly literary version of our world (an asteroid swarm t
Das erste Buch des neuen SF-Verlages Fischer TOR ist eine Dystopie, ein Endzeitthriller par excellance ! Ein Familienvater hadert mit seinem Schicksal und seiner Familie, er fühlt sich überfordert und überläßt seiner Frau die Last der Kindererziehung, als ein Asteroidenregen über England hereinfällt. Eine Katastrophe, die die ganze nördliche Halbkugel der Erde trifft und jegliche menschliche Zivilisation zerstört. Edgar schafft es mit seiner Frau und seinen beiden kleinen Kindern gerade noch in ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Mathieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voici un roman qui n'est pas sans rappeler *La route* de Cormack McCarthy.

Le récit se déroule au Royaume-Uni, après qu'une pluie de météorite ait percuté la Terre et détruit la majeure partie des villes du globe. C'est du moins ce qu'on peut supposer puisqu'une fois le cataclysme passé, le Royaume-Uni dévasté semble bien seul pour gérer la crise. Il est d'ailleurs inexact de parler de gestion de crise puisque les survivants sont livrés à eux-même...

Dans ce pays ravagé (aucune agglomération ne se
J.A. Ironside
Sep 01, 2014 J.A. Ironside rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately I really enjoyed this. It came out of the blue for me a bit and it was a random pick to read but I'm glad I did. Edgar is oddly quite a sympathetic character and I think it's his brutal honesty with himself that allows us to keep a bead on him. If not he would not be dislikeable but rather pitiable and forgettable. He's a reluctant father, absentee husband and just generally a bit of lazy, junk food eating, wine guzzling, overweight sofa parasite - until the world ends. It's then when ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Clare rated it really liked it
Edgar Hill is not a particularly nice person, nor is he a very good father or husband, but when the world seems to end in a firestorm of asteroids hitting the Northern hemisphere he does all he can to get back to his family. Even running, a thing which in his very nature he despises.

Despite his flaws, or perhaps because of them, I liked Edgar. I identify with his tortured childhood trauma of thinking the world would end in an inferno of nuclear bombs and their fallout. I too am pessimistic abou
Jul 04, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your average running club, and not your average dystopian fiction.
The book hits the ground running (ahaha), with the destruction of society due to a meteor shower hitting Earth, and then we follow a family trying to survive the aftermath of the life-changing events.

The main protagonist is more of a Joe Bloggs character than I've previously encountered in end-of-the-world reads, with him being a disenchanted, lazy lout of a husband and father, who tries to step up to the mark when catastrop
Bryony Nelson
May 26, 2016 Bryony Nelson rated it it was amazing
Imagine the end of the world. A load of asteroids strike the earth and the UK is pretty much fucked near enough everywhere. Now imagine that your family has been taken to the south of the country, Cornwall, from Scotland by an international task force while you were out collecting supplies with a handful of others. What would you do? Well duh, you'd run the entire way.

I really enjoyed the way this was written. The way the aftermath of everything was described was so realistic and honestly brilli
Danie Ware
Oct 21, 2016 Danie Ware rated it really liked it
Raw, human, very evocative, takes touching note of the little things, the hopes and failures and weaknesses that make us who we are - and hence very easy to empathise with the lead character as disaster hits, and as he runs. Opens harshly enough to grab the reader by the throat, has some absolutely fantastic moments (the elderly gent in his stately home being a personal favourite), and a fantastic use of descriptive language and similie... but then thins into an almost constant stream of navel-g ...more
May 08, 2016 Penelope rated it really liked it
This is a book that hits the ground running and doesn't really let up until the end. That's not to say that there aren't moments of introspection and thought provoking stuff because there really, really is but most of it happens whilst on the move. Whilst not incredibly likeable, at least at the beginning, Edgar is a character who is very easy to relate to and his struggles both internal and external are ones that most of us can understand and it is this, along with the page turning plot that ma ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Mycoton32 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

16/20 - En bref, j'ai adoré l'ambiance que l'auteur nous propose au travers de l'histoire d'Ed et de sa lutte pour retrouver sa famille à temps. L'humanité des personnages ressort au premier plan, on voit le pire de ce qu'ils peuvent faire mais aussi le meilleur, on ne peut que flipper, espérer, donner de soi comme eux et tout au long on se pose des questions sur nos propres réactions face à ce genre de catastrophe. Et je crois qu'on ne peut jamais imagine
Feb 03, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am officially an Adrian Walker fan! The End of the World Running Club sounded like a good read. It was so much more than that.
ln just the last few pages, Walker made me realize what he was planting in my mind for the previous 300 something. Self reflection, strength, pride, loyalty, etc.!
I can't even write anything else. This book was amazing and I am sure I will pick it up to read more than once.
MJ  Deans
Jul 09, 2016 MJ Deans rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
I might have enjoyed this more if I wasn't feeling so tired of the whole Dystopian genre and if I thought the main character was likeable.

I didn't really think any of the main characters where memorable except Harvey, and I feel like I've read better books/played games with a very similar storyline.
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Truly wonderful

Every now and then you come across a book that pulls at your emotions. A book that has characters you feel you know, or want to know. This is one such book. This is a novel that will linger long in my memory. Quite superb.
Jun 08, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's been a deluge of post-apocalyptic fiction lately, possibly in the wake of the success of games like Fall Out 3 and 4, and TV shows like the Walking Dead. Books in which something goes catastrophically wrong and everyday people have to do unspeakable things to survive. Featuring zombies, cannibals and worse, it's a genre that can tend to be quite samey-samey, except for a few surprisingly creative approaches likeWorld War Z, The Girl With All The GiftsandThe Road.So, a man named Walker ha ...more
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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 moved his family back to the UK, where Adrian was raised.

His second novel, The End of the World Running Club, is a post-apocalyptic running fable about hope, love and endurance. It is being published by Del Rey UK, in May 2016.

His third novel, Colours, is the first
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“It wasn’t a return to a simpler life; it was a version of a simpler life. A version that replaced cholera, dysentery, freezing winters, lost harvests, frequent stillbirths, domestic violence and incest with underfloor heating, Sky Plus, solar panels and plump trust funds. It was just another decoration: wallpaper, not a return.” 2 likes
“That beast inside you, the one you think is tethered tightly to the post, the one you’ve tamed with art, love, prayer, meditation: it’s barely muzzled. The knot is weak. The post is brittle. All it takes is two words and a siren to cut it loose.” 2 likes
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