Murakami gives me a reason. It might seem romantic, but it's true. I had to run…but I didn't enjoy running. I do enjoy, however, running with Murakami.
Ioan Marc Jones, Huffington Post UK
Murakami distils his own process of writing fiction in this layered and meditative memoir.
A wonderful exploration of work, place and life’s meanders.
Hugely enjoyable... You don't have to have run a marathon to be captivated
Comical, charming and philosophical...an excellent memoir
Murakami manages to set a course that takes in views of all literature, sport and the uphill journey of ageing, all with a modest fluency that covers the ground without raising a sweat
There can never have been a book quite like this memoir of running and writing, taken together, before. In its self-contained way, it's nothing less than an inspiration
An inspiration...Murakami describes the feeling of pushing one's body to the limit better than anyone
The biggest hitter of the year
Observer Sport Monthly
A short, thoughtful book worth several shelves of self-help titles
Scotland on Sunday
The closest thing to a memoir that Haruki Murakami will ever write
A gentle, meditative memoir
This is my most recent inspirational find...Murakami makes me want to write hard and run far and fast
An inspiration...Murakami describes the feeling of pushing one's body to the limit better than anyone.
This book is in some ways the story of the workings of Murakami's mind ... He is a fine writer, and an interesting man. As I closed this slim volume, I was left wanting to know more about him.
Alastair Campbell, Guardian
The book has a Zen-like quality, and it's terrific.
William Leith, Evening Standard
Wonderfully written account.
The Daily Mail Christmas Books
In this memoir, he offers a fascinating insight into this strange discipline which frequently parallels his attitude towards writing.
Thomas Marks, The Daily Telegraph