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The End of the World Running Club

(The End of the World Running Club #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  11,991 ratings  ·  1,372 reviews
Perfect for fans of The Martian, this powerful post-apocalyptic thriller pits reluctant father Edgar Hill in a race against time to get back to his wife and children. When the sky begins to fall and he finds himself alone, his best hope is to run – or risk losing what he loves forever.

When the world ends and you find yourself forsaken, every second counts. No one knows thi
Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published June 27th 2014)
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Aug 15, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I'm DNFing this book because the main character is a whiny man child and I can't listen to him any longer. ...more
Looking back ....this was a pleasant surprise, good quality apocalyptic read....

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
Reading Corner
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
Andrew Smith
Ed was asleep when it started, still feeling the effects of a drink it two too many, and by the time he worked out what was going on it was already almost too late. Grabbing the only shelter he could think of he secreted his family (he, wife and their two children) away into their cellar while asteroids worked their horrors.

I must admit that I was drawn to this book by its title: apocalyptic events and running had ticked a couple of boxes before I got to page one. I also liked the fact that it
Dannii Elle
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Adrain J. Walker, and the publisher, Ebury, for this opportunity.

I was so excited to begin this book. A dystopian fiction without a teenage girl protagonist, you say? Count me in. Unfortunately, what inspired me to read this also became the reason for my dislike. I found it so hard to connect with this story when faced with my own hatred of the protagonist.

The protagonist in question, Edgar Hill was basical
Mark Matthews
Jul 19, 2014 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
Edgar Hill is overweight, self-absorbed, lazy, selfish, indifferent. In a sort of grand comeuppance, the universe rains down the apocalypse from the sky on Edgar's cozy little life (after he completely ignores warnings of the possibility for weeks) and destroys everything. Now Edgar has to learn to survive in a world where nothing comes easily...where death lurks around corners....where some survivors go insane or turn almost feral...where he has to truly work to save his wife and children. Edga ...more
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
The first four chapters would make an amazing short story about an asteroid(s) impact on Earth. I rate those four chapters 5 out of 5. And then the rest of the book comes... and ruins the magic.

The world is scorched, people die, horribleness ensues, and through it all our annoying, whiny lead character (an overweight, disengaged father of 2) leads us on his painfully boring trek.
I'm actually not sure why I kept reading The End of the World Running Club to the end. So let's look at what was goo
Stevie O'Connor
Jul 20, 2016 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.... ...more
Sep 12, 2014 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
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

3,5 stars

I am somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for this one. A strong beginning and a very unusual ending that all together make an interesting post-apocalyptic novel. A dragging middle part, but maybe because I expected more actions and was unprepared for a slow pace trying to be philosophical.

What I learned: we need the world end and a target to start to run (to lose the weight and rid of our laziness). Oh yes...I found the answer....
Aug 25, 2016 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
Sophie Crane
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
I wasn't expecting a lot and have read quite a few books that could be described as similar, for example The Girl With All the Gifts, but this was different for two reasons. The first is the detail of the changes to the world and landscape in which the story is set which separates both the characters and the reader very dramatically from that which we consider as normal and take comfort from. The second and most significant detail is the study of character and humanity, or lack of it, not just o ...more
As a runner for the last 14 years, I looked forward to reading The End of the World Running Club because I was hoping to read about a runner who uses his formidable skills to get to his family and/or save the world.

Well, the joke's on me because that's not what I got!

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Life is hard for Edgar Hill.

He's a fat, pitiful, douchey, waste of space of a man, father and husband.

I think he may be clinically depressed but as I read on, I realized he was worse than that.

He's j

I waffled a bit on my rating for this book. I definitely had some grumbles while reading it, but then I got to that ending, one of the most perfect endings I've ever read, and my earlier protests felt petty. (view spoiler)

There were
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ed is an average Edinburgh guy - married, two kids, likes to have a pint or two after work, has become increasingly out of shape over the years. When asteroids hit the earth, it takes weeks before he and his family are rescued from their cellar but then they are stuck together in a shelter. Rather than just being with his family, he volunteers to spend hours away trying to salvage supplies ‘for the good of the group’. It was while he was out on a salvage run that everyone else at the shelter was ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The End of the World Running Club is the first novel by British author, Adrian J. Walker. Edgar Hill is a husband and father of two, albeit not a very good one. He is quick to shift responsibility for care of Alice and Arthur on his hard-working wife, Beth. Ed is pretty lazy, if he can get away with it; he also drinks too much, eats too much and he definitely does not like running or, for that matter, physical exertion of any sort. But now he is running. He is running from Edinburgh to Cornwall. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it

This story was such a fast paced read for me. I felt the clock ticking the whole time I was reading this. At first, it is just about survival and then it was about Edgar getting to his family safely. The story starts off with a bang as the asteroids are hitting his hometown that morning. The received almost no warning and the panic was something I actually felt for him. Edgar has a wife and two small children. The youngest is still breastfeeding, so it is imperative that he maintain food and kee
Mark Harrison
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well this was great fun. After the country is decimated by meteors survivors must cross the UK by Christmas to escape to the Southern hemisphere. The lead character is a worthless husband and worse father and when separated from the family finds his only recourse is to run to safety. They meet various people en route, most not very nice, and there is a nice twist at the end. I note some runners have complained about the lack of authentic running content but they have missed the point. Good, dece ...more
Michelle Morrell
A normal fellow finds himself a country and an apocalypse away from his family, with time running out. What will one person do to fix the mistakes of the past and have a chance at a future?

I think this does a good job of contemplating the differences between living and surviving, and how what seems muddled in one state is crystal clear in another.

I read this from start to finish in one day. Partially as a palate cleanser after the megathon that was Dragonbone Chair and partially because I foun
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
Sep 09, 2014 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

A good read with plenty of character building and growth, and some varied ways in which people deal with and survive the end of the world/normal society. Nothing entirely unpredictable here, but it was enjoyable, and there were some really great quotables throughout about humanity, figuring out your place in the world, family, and what happens when your whole world is shaken up around you.
Kady Monroe
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the flawed characters in this apocalyptic book. The story was very good, as was the writing style. I was listening to the audiobook and both the production and narration were well done.
Jan 23, 2015 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.
Chris Dietzel
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is probably the most misled I've been by a cover, title, and story summary. From the tempered cover, I assumed this would be a literary take on the apocalypse. It's actually written as an adventure/thriller. Also, from the cover, I assumed it was about a guy running on his own but he's actually part of a group. From the title and the description, I assumed running the long distance would be the focus of the story but it actually only starts half way through the book and only accounts for ro ...more
I have recently hit the jackpot on choosing books - this was another excellent choice.

I really liked this book. I have to say that I am not a zombie-end-of-the-world genre fan, but this one intrigued me. This is set in Scotland in the not-so-distant future. Edgar is an ordinary guy - he drinks too much with his friends while his wife Beth is stuck at home taking care of 2 small kids. He's out of shape and less than attentive to either his wife or kids - he cares about them, but in that distant
Rob Twinem
Jul 08, 2016 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
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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.

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