Meditation, exercise, exploration, commuting, weight loss, racing, psychogeography, rambling, drifting – there are any number of reasons walkers walk, wheelers wheel and joggers jog. And from the personal to the profound, there are any number of philosophies underpinning our desire to get active. Perhaps you have some of your own… Here are some books that offer insights into the human compulsion for propulsion.
A riveting exploration of the remarkable power of walking.
The first, fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer
Inspiring, exhilarating and highly entertaining, Pushing the Limits takes us inside the mind of a kid with a disability growing up in a tiny town, a teenager finding his place in the world, and an elite sportsman who refuses to give up, no matter how extreme the challenge.
From the Norwegian explorer, a breathtakingly beautiful, quietly life-changing celebration of walking.
From the award-winning author of running classic Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith makes a passionate and inspiring case for runners to get back to nature.
The bestselling author of the Hidden Life of Trees brings the world of forests to life
Part memoir, part biography, part cultural meander, an irresistibly intelligent literary walk through the lives of wandering women: about how, by putting one foot in front of the other, we can sometimes stumble upon different routes in our lives
One of five pocket-sized, essential guides to life from Zen Master and mindfulness expert, Thich Nhat Hanh
Now a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson: the funniest travel writer in the world takes a hike.
‘A book to start your heart and feet beating for the road’ The Times
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.