Natural Born Heroes, Chris McDougall

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Join Chris McDougall, the bestselling author of Born to Run to hear about his new book Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance. The talk will be followed by a book signing and Q&A. The book will be available to buy at this event.

“A fascinating and true adventure story, destined to become a classic”
– Ranulph Fiennes
“Reaches the state of bliss that runners very occasionally experience in the midst of an endless run.”
– FT

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters – starving, aging, outnumbered – tapped into an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism. They listened to their instincts, replaced calories with stored bodily fat and used their fascia, the network of tissue which criss-crosses the body, to catapult themselves to superhuman strength and endurance.

Soon McDougall was in the middle of a modern fitness revolution taking place everywhere from London parkour routes across Kilburn estates to state-of-the-art laboratories, and based on the know-how of Shanghai street-fighters and Cretan shepherds. Just as Born to Run got runners off the treadmill and back into nature, Natural Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to dump the gym membership for cross-training, mud crawls and free-running.

About Chris McDougall

Chris McDougall 2015 Christopher McDougall is the author of the bestselling book Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and his new book Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance is published on 16 April. He began his career as an overseas correspondent for the Associated Press, covering wars in Rwanda and Angola. He now lives and writes (and runs, swims, climbs, and bear-crawls) among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

“A really phenomenal book”
– Jon Stewart
“Fascinating stuff, particularly for anyone who's ever been frustrated by the apparently shoddy mechanics of their own running body.”
– Daily Mail
“A sensation ... a rollicking tale well told”
– Times
“Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet.”
– Independent on Sunday
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