Wonderfully funny, poignant and candid, Long Distance Information is the story of how a woman took up running and saved her life.
In 1996 Julie Welsh decided in a moment of vainglory to cycle to Paris for charity. The fact that she was neither fit nor the owner of a bike failed to deter her. The exhilaration she felt sliding off the saddle at the Arc de Triophe was the start of an obsession. From cycling is was but a short step to running and from running to confronting the ghosts of her childhood. But just as her affair with running shoes began, she was unceremoniously fired from the job she loved. It was the catalyst for an inspirational journey — a journey of self-discovery and survival.
Long Distance Running is the story of that journey. It would take her from the French seaside town where whe was packed off on holiday, age ten, back to England and the house where she grew up, where at long last she was able to lay her ghosts to rest.
‘Hilarious … entertaining’ –Family Circle
‘Welch is almost convincing enough — and this is no mean feat — to make you want to take up running’ –TLS
‘A likeable book … the bravery and immediacy are gripping. Welch carries the reader along with a direct and almost gauche honesty’ –Laura Thompson, Independent.
‘Funny, self-deprecating and inspirational’ –Choice
Ex-library. In good to very good preloved condition