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The bestselling author of The Unilikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry delivers an intoxicating adventure story about female friendship and the belief that the impossible is always possible, even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

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Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012 and shortlisted for the 'UK Author of the Year' 2014. Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

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A girl's own adventure...This is Rachel Joyce's best book yet ...Exciting, moving and full of unexpected turns... surely this is the one that will propel the intrepid Joyce off the long and shortlists into prizewinning territory. -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times *
A joy of a novel, with real insight into the lives of women, the value of friendship and the lasting effects of war -- Katy Guest * Guardian *

Joyce's characters are so charmingly eccentric that they could have leapt straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Enid is a comedic masterpiece, effervescent and brimming with life.
This exhilarating story will scoop you up and carry you along to a dizzying crescendo. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship and of women who refuse to be defined by the labels cast upon them in drab 1950s Britain. Funny, wise, and utterly life-affirming * Daily Express *
A life-affirming, joyously escapist picaresque tale * Sunday Times *
This glorious novel is as much about second chances, heartfelt friendships and emotional courage as it is about trekking through dangerous terrain. * Sunday Express *
A glorious novel about second chances, heartfelt friendships and emotional courage. * Daily Mirror *
BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER 2020: uplifting * Stylist *
Rachel Joyce created an unforgettable character with Harold Fry and she's done it again with Margery Benson ... Hilarious * Good Housekeeping *
A sparkling new take on the concept of changing your life on a whim ... a standout, special read. * The Lady *
A clear-eyed, unsparing view of regret, failure, loss, & the cost that life exacts from so many, countered with a belief in the resilience of human spirit & the possibility of second chances. -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer *

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