the running man

“Tom Leyton, a reclusive Vietnam veteran, has been the subject of gossip and rumour for thirty years. When Joseph Davidson, his young neighbour and a talented artist, is asked to draw a portrait of him, an uneasy relationship begins to unfold, one that will force each of them to confront his darkest secrets.

This a story about how we perceive others, the judgements we make about them, how we cope with tragedy, and the nature of miracles.”

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10th Anniversary Edition Cover 2014.

 REVIEWS:

Beautifully realised and tightly crafted. The characterisation is quite brilliant. A haunting, literary narrative – masterful and poetic, with rich themes to explore. From every perspective, this is a very impressive novel. (C.B.C.A.)

One of those books that remain with you after you have finished it. The damaging effects of war on those who carry around the horrors of what they saw and did is an issue that certainly deserves attention. The powerful message in the story is the importance of looking beyond the surface. (Viewpoint)

The Running Man, a powerful first novel, is an allegory whose many layers resonate long afterwards. Bauer gently prises away the self-imposed cocoons of good people consumed by torment and imprisoned by their own guilt and recurrent nightmares, then draws us along in their transformations. This is an exceptional novel of spirit, friendship, growth and courage. Oh and miracles of many kinds. Note to Michael Bauer: ‘Please sir, I want some more.’ (Glee Books)                              

With a deft skill Bauer presents a familiar landscape with a fresh eye. The writing here is strong, well-balanced and heartfelt. Highly recommended. (Reading Time)

This novel is a delightful read. Often elegant in his prose, Bauer paints a picture of loneliness and regret that is often achingly real, occasionally haunting. This novel could trigger long and serious discussions about the nature of good and evil, the reality of relationships, what it means to grow up, and maybe even freedom versus bondage. What teacher could ask for more than that? (Dept of Education and Training W.A.)

The blossoming friendship between two shy people is depicted with great subtlety and compassion, and the minor characters are well-delineated individuals. This is a mature literary novel and is highly recommended. (Magpies Magazine)

A phantom form shuffles relentlessly closer – the Running Man. A talented young artist draws a portrait of his reclusive Vietnam Veteran neighbour and a relationship develops, forcing each of them to confront their darkest secrets. A compelling first novel steeped in tragedy and the nature of miracles. (Torquay Books)

This psychological study on becoming trapped within one’s own fears makes compelling reading. It is an excellent text to add to senior reading lists dealing with fear and loss. Bauer masterfully builds a disquieting intrigue through this study of the human condition. (Dept of Education QLD)

Remarkably simple and movingly coherent, this haunting tale is filled with contemplation, secrets, and the act of creation. Intelligent characterisation and themes make for a crafted and intriguing novel. (NSW Dept Of Education and Training) 

This psychological study on becoming trapped within own’s own fear makes compelling reading. It is an excellent text to add to Senior English reading lists dealing with fear and loss. Bauer masterfully builds a disquieting intrigue through this study of the human condition. (Library Services Department of Education and the Arts.)

EDITIONS: 

           
   Australian Edition                                     American Edition                                German Edition

         

Italian Edition                     Dutch Edition                  Sth Korean Edition

French Edition

Coming publications:

AWARDS & SHORTLISTINGS:

    • Children’s Book Council of Australia: Winner Book of the Year for Older Readers  (2005)
    • Courier Mail Book of the Year for Younger Readers: Shortlisted (2005)
    • Courier Mail Readers Choice Award for Younger Readers (2005)
    • NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Shortlisted (2005)
    • Victorian Premiers Awards: Shortlisted (2005)
    • Adelaide Festival Literary Awards: Shortlisted (2006)
    • National Reading Day: Selected Text (2007)
    • Catholic Children’s and Young People’s Book Award German edition (2008)
    • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Award: Shortlisted (2008)
    • Finalist in the Premio Cento di Letteratura per Ragazzi (Centro Award for Children’s Literature) middle school category (2009) Italian Edition
    • Selected as a Banks Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year (2009) USA Edition
    • Shortlisted for the Prix Farniente Beligium 2014

TEACHER’S NOTES: Scholastic Australia

My BLOGS featuring THE RUNNING MAN:

blog 8: In which I say, ‘Thanks a lot Herman.’

blog 25: In which I learn something new about the real Running Man.

blog 57: In which I reveal the first stumbling steps of The Running Man. 

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13 Responses to the running man

  1. Andreas says:

    Thank you – “Ismael” is a very wonderful book.
    Andreas, Germany

  2. Taylor says:

    We have to read ‘The Running Man’ for a school book and I’d just like to say that it is an amazing book with a great message

    • Taylor says:

      I look forward to hearing your speech at my school in a couple of days, my whole class is quiet excited, thnaks again :)

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Taylor. Thank you so much. I’m looking forward as well to coming to your school and meeting everyone. Cheers!

  3. Gemma says:

    i think that there is a spelling mistake on p.7 ‘Tom Leighton’

    • mgbauer says:

      Right you are Gemma! That was the old spelling I was using for the name. I changed it because there used to be ‘Leightons’ in Ashgrove but one of the original spellings sneaked through. Well spotted!

  4. great read and i love the development of the characters in the book. Joseph for example develops from a shy young boy into a courageous and kind young man. I believe this book perceives the message as to not judge someone by their appearance or rumours about them. This is evident in the book as Tom Leyton has been rumoured a dangerous and suspicious man for over 30 years, yet Joseph still is courageous enough unfold his past and get to know him better.

    Great read :)

    • mgbauer says:

      Thanks Robert. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Running Man. As my very first book it is special to me and I think you’ve identified one of the key ideas in the story.
      Cheers
      Michael

  5. Kathryn says:

    Thank you for The Running Man. You gave such dignity to each character .

  6. macka says:

    Hey Mr Bauer, i read your book for english class and i enjoyed it heaps. i like how there is a lot of symbolism throughout the whole book. Also i was wondering how Joseph Davidson and Tom Leyton are ‘running’ or escaping/hiding? thanks!

    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Macka
      Glad to hear you enjoyed TRM. As for the question, I think it would be much better if you just worked out what you thought about it, rather than me telling you what to think. I only wrote the book. I don’t get to have the final say on it.
      Cheers
      Michael

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