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  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670921904
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $24.99
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Two Hours

The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon




The next frontier in running - Born To Run meets Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Two hours to cover twenty-six miles and 385 yards. An exceptional feat of speed, mental strength and endurance. The sub-two-hour marathon is running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we have reached the mountaintop.

In this spellbinding book Ed Caesar takes us into the world of the elite of the elite: the greatest marathoners on earth. Through the stories of these rich characters, and their troubled lives, he traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology and psychology involved in running so fast, for so long. And he shows us why this most democratic of races retains its savage, enthralling appeal - why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit.

  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670921904
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

Praise for Two Hours

Two Hours explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip, never flags and breasts the tape victorious, its arms in the air. Like the best foot races, it is tight, pacy and riveting. Like the best stories, it is about an apparently impossible journey. Give the man a medal

Esquire

A delight to read. The definitive book on professional marathon running

Independent on Sunday

Ed Caesar's reportage has the feel of the very best of American journalism - as if he has researched the matter to hell, spent his time in the field, nailed down every fact, then bashed it out on a typewriter with a cigarette smouldering in his mouth

Sunday Times

Beautiful

New York Times

Two Hours is a kind of 'Hoop Dreams' for runners

Spectator

I didn't think any book could make me interested in marathon running. Two Hours did that and much more. Ed Caesar's in-depth reporting explores one of sport's ultimate questions: is there a final human boundary and, if so, where? A terrific book: elegant, engaging and rewarding

Ed Smith, former England cricketer and author of Luck

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