Running the Rift

Pages: 400
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Running the Rift

Naomi Benaron

Winner of the Bellwether Prize – a powerful and uplifting story about one boy’s Olympic dreams torn apart by the Rwandan conflict
9781851689040 (4 Apr 2013)
RRP £8.99

The Book

Jean Patrick dreams of running in the Olympics, and with gruelling training he soon beats a world qualifying time. But his chances of success are threatened by the ethnic tensions erupting all around him. When Hutu violence against Tutsis finally crescendos and his homeland Rwanda is wracked by unforgivable atrocities, Jean Patrick, a Tutsi, has no choice but to run for his life abandoning fatherland, family, and the woman he loves. Finding them again will be the race of his life.


Following a decade in Rwanda’s history through the eyes of one boy, Running the Rift is a wrenching tale of a people’s collective trauma, of lives lost, and loves salvaged.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld

About the Author

Naomi Benaron teaches at Pima Community College Arizona and online through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. An advocate for African refugees in her community, she has worked extensively with genocide survivor groups in Rwanda. She is also an Ironman triathlete.


“An incredibly engaging story, filled with vitality and passion, great in scope, yet never laboured, a truly impressive read.”

- Daily Mail