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Phil Hewitt, Editor of The Guide pages in Sussex local papers, launches his own book

Outrunning the Demons: Lives Transformed Through Running

Phil is the editor of the weekly entertainments guide in the centre of all the local Sussex papers published by the Johnson group, and has been a vital support in promoting local arts activities.

He is now launching his own book, Outrunning the Demons: Lives Transformed Through Running, published by Bloomsbury Press.  

Phil was viciously mugged, stabbed and left for dead in 2016, he found himself suffering the acute symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Unable to make sense of the horrific experience that had happened to him, Phil found that dedicating himself to running was slowly but surely helping him heal…

Phil sought out people around the world who had used running similarly – people who had laced up their boots in times of crisis, trauma or physical or mental illness; people who, like Phil, had managed to find space, time and strength through running – a second chance at life and perhaps even a new identity.

Written with insight and understanding, Outrunning the Demons covers heavy, harrowing subjects but this powerfully enriching book is ultimately an uplifting and celebratory exploration of why running can be the key to overcoming traumatic experiences and rebuilding lives.

The book as been described by author Kate Mosse as “Uplifting and important... This is a book about courage, about grief and fortitude, about healing after trauma, about running as a way of finding oneself, about witnessing the best in humankind having experienced the worst.”

As well as being group arts editor for Sussex Newspapers, Phil is a journalist and author of ten books including Keep On Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict and In The Running: Tales of Extraordinary Runners from Around the World. 

“Exhilarating, compelling and beautifully written; this extraordinary book, both humbling and uplifting, is a hymn to the triumph of the human spirit and the human heart.” –  Peter James, international bestselling writer

  • Imprint: Bloomsbury Sport
  • Published: 24/01/2019
  • ISBN: 9781472956521
  • Extent: 272  Pages
  • RRP: £12.46

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