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The Long Run

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 December, 2011, 12:00am

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The Long Run
by Mishka Shubaly
Kindle Edition (e-book)

If you need enticement to exercise, try self-flagellation Mishka Shubaly style. Call yourself a pasty monument to inactivity or worse, feel bad about your bloat, then lace up your runners and take to the streets for a spot of marathon training. Shubaly, a musician and writer who found his calling through Kindle Singles, tells what it was like for him not only to disengage from the couch and become a runner, but also to kick a lifetime of drinking and drugs, which he describes in no-holds-barred fashion. A student in Columbia University's fiction writing programme, Shubaly says he was done with writing by the time he graduated. Evidently not, as this offering shows, although it remains to be seen whether he has more to say about life than what it was like being intoxicated (his first Kindle work, Shipwrecked, also centres on being high), a subject with limitations. Flashes of insight will encourage readers to continue with Shubaly's story of ups, downs and few in-betweens, although the best test of its success is whether his audience roots for him at the end. This reader certainly did.