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Having been laid up in bed with a nasty lurgee I read a book that someone got me for Christmas:
The Running Man by Gilbert Tuhabonye
Whether you are a runner or not all I can do is urge you to read it. It is an autobiographical account of a Burundian middle distance runner who, just as he is nearing his peak running potential, is caught up in the ethnic rivalries between Tutsis and Hutus. He is the sole survivor of quite the most horrific attack on a school you will ever read about (lying under his classmates smouldering bodies for hours, using a red hot femur to break a window in order to escape, 40% burns etc). And somehow he gets back up to elite level running without being bitter or hostile towards his attackers.
It is a truly inspirational story that is really well written by a seemingly thoroughly decent bloke.