Running with the Pack

Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality

Mark Rowlands

Published: 6 March 2014
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781847082633

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Published: 7 March 2013
Trade Paperback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781847082022

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'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.

About the author

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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 and Running With the Pack both published by Granta Books. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. More about the author


‘A joyful reverie on running, its pain and purity... Witty, wry and thought-provoking’ Patrick Neale



‘A powerful read, which weaves in ponderings on everything from ageing to the meaning of life. I defy anyone to read this and not be inspired to lace up their trainers’

‘A real treat. It's a serious philosophical examination of why we run and the value of it’ Paul Tonkinson

‘Engrossing’ Ben East

‘Exercise energises your thoughts, and reading this book is a bit like thinking while you run’ William Leith

‘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

‘Recommended’ Paul McGurk

‘Rowland's argues that running returns us to something we have lost as humans in our pursuit of goals, material or otherwise’

‘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

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

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