John Connell's work has been published in Granta's New Irish Writing issue. His memoir The Cow Book was a #1 bestseller in Ireland and won the 2018 An Post Irish Book Award/Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives on his family farm, Birchview, in County Longford, Ireland.
Sensational! John Connell has done it again -- Dean Karnazes In this slim volume, Connell offers a lovely testimonial to all the seeing to be done by eyes and hearts that hold themselves open. And he shows us that, wherever we run, the world remains with us, to be grasped in all its grief and majesty. -- Zia Haider Rahman, author of <i>In The Light of What We Know</i> British colonialism is a topic that demands coverage and I am glad that Mr Connell is approaching it from this new lens. -- Shashi Tharoor, author of <i>Inglorious Empire</i> Read The Running Book and you see life in every route you run: past, present and future. Life is for running. -- Sonia O'Sullivan Some books are for runners, some are for history lovers. This charming volume is for both. It has made me vow to keep my eyes more widely open the next time I put my running shoes on - whether the ground beneath my feet is new or familiar. -- Adam Hochschild, author of <i>King Leopold's Ghost</i> A natural writer, Connell is also a sympathetic and wise observer of the eternal struggle involving humans and animals. * Sunday Times * This book explores wonderfully the joys and pleasures of running and conveys why it is so important to so many people. Through running journeys that are interspersed with interesting anecdotes and memories, the history and beauty of Ireland are brought to life. We are all unique and run for many different reasons but every runner will find something poignant that resonates within this book. -- Paula Radcliffe