Harry Miller’s Run
Harry Miller’s Run
That’s reet, lad! Run! There’s a wolf at your tail! Run for your lovely life! A joyful, uplifting story of times gone by, from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig. A joyful, uplifting story of times gone by from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig, illustrated in full colour by the award-winning illustrator of A Walk in London. Liam just wants to go out running with his mates - it’s not long till the Junior Great North Run, and there’s training to be done. But Mam needs him today, to help old Harry clear out his house. Harry knows a thing or two about running. When he was a lad, he says, he ran all the way from Newcastle to South Shields. But Harry, says Mam, that’s thirteen miles! Harry grins. Different times, he says. This is the story of that day: of sweltering heat, clattering boots, briny sea air and the heavenly taste of ice cream; the day when Harry and his pals ran and ran and ran through the blazing sunlight all the way to the sea.
On the face of it, Harry Miller’s Run describes a magic day in the early life of Harry (now an old man) who once ran from Newcastle to South Shields for a dip in the sea with friends. But beneath that lies a warm and touching tale of the pleasure and wonder to be found in friendship, human connection and community.
A multi-award winning author, best known for his insightful and profoundly moving books for children including Skellig, The Savage and My Dad’s a Birdman, only a master storyteller like David Almond could evoke such a sense of place and time with so much joy.
This is an exquisite book, beautifully illustrated in muted, pastel tones and a story that defies easy categorisation. Perfect for patient, thoughtful readers who enjoy some depth.
Highly recommended for ages 7 and up, including adults.
Athina Clarke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Malvern.
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