4th and 7th December

Burway Books is delighted to be supporting Meredith Vivian at two launch events for his novel, ‘Running Hard’. Meredith lives in Shropshire with his beloved wife. As well as being a dedicated sports fan, Meredith loves drumming, stand-up comedy, swifts and blackbirds. He began to lose his sight as a teenager but, despite the minor inconvenience of blindness, these days, he ‘sees’ life more clearly than ever.

Book Launch at Church Stretton Library

Wednesday 4th December, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Tickets £5 from Burway Books and Church Stretton Library

Drinks (wine and soft drinks) and nibbles will be provided

Meredith will speak about his novel: the main characters, themes, etc. There will then be some readings, followed by questions and wider discussion about the process he went through including the initial writing, editing, and submitting manuscripts to agents and publishers. Burway Books will be selling copies of the book, which Meredith will sign if you wish.

Any profits from ticket sales will go to The Friends of Church Stretton Library

Book Signing at Burway Books

Saturday 7th December, 10.30am – 1.00pm

Meredith will be at Burway Books this morning to chat and sign copies of his book.


‘Running Hard’ – About the Book

Joe Marshall is loved by the residents of the care home where he works but, as Victoria Court is about to find out, he is no ordinary odd-job man. Victoria is a highly-principled headmistress who is dealing with some challenging students: they are facing trauma from which they cannot escape, no matter how hard they run. She is determined to help them but she knows it won’t be easy, especially as she too has her demons.

When Joe asks if any of her students can help him with arranging a birthday party for one of the care home’s oldest residents, Victoria takes a leap of faith and encourages her most difficult students to volunteer. Victoria has no idea how much Joe’s empathy and inspiration will affect the lives of Frank, Anthony, Katy and Gary, or how much her own sense of self is about to change. However, being with Joe is far from straightforward: his bright light casts some very deep shadows.

Set starkly in the unreconstructed culture of 1976, ‘Running Hard’ doesn’t pull its punches: this is a breakneck dash full of shocks and surprises — right up to the finishing line.

A compassionate, insightful and life-affirming story which tackles head-on the trauma of loss, domestic violence, psychological abuse. It tells of how people can be helped, and help each other, to face and rise above the toughest challenges. ‘Running Hard’ presents moral choices and life-changing chances and asks ‘What would you do?’

Book Launch and book signing Meredith Vivian: ‘Running Hard’