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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

By Rachel Joyce

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2013
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life. 'The odyssey of a simple man, original, subtle and touching'. - Claire Tomalin 'From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him. Impossible to put down.' - Erica Wagner, The Times

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The critically acclaimed, Sunday Times and international bestseller, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2012: 'A magical, moving and uplifting tale about a man's journey across England and into his own heart.' - Deborah Moggach.

About the Author

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 work has been translated into thirty-six languages. 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 is also the award-winning writer of over thirty 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.


"One of the sweetest, most delicately-written stories I've read in a long time. One man's walk along the length of England to save the life of a dying woman. Each chapter describes a different encounter along the way, with a definite nod to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Philosophical, intriguing, and profoundly moving." -- Richard Madeley * Foyles website * "Uplifting, funny and delicate" -- Jon Stock * The Daily Telegraph * "Wonderful" -- Deborah Orr * Guardian * "At times almost unbearably moving." * Sunday Times * "A brilliant and charming novel: full of comic panache yet acute and poignant." * Spectator *

EAN: 9780552779043
ISBN: 0552779040
Publisher: Black Swan
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.3 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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7 review(s)
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Derek on
Must read. Inspirational. Makes you want to do something just as silly.
Lisa on
This is a lovely journey. Well worth taking the time to sit down and tag along.
paul on
A moving account of one man's journey to self discovery. I enjoyed it immensely.
Janelle on
A good modern read. Moves along at a brisk pace. Enjoyable.
Vanessa on
This is one of the best books I have read this year. I have cried and laughed aloud as I followed Harold through his journey (incidentally I went on almost the same route a year ago, by car of course !) . The ending is unexpected and very skilfully written. A very beautifully and sensitively written book about one man's journey.
Anonymous on
I found this book very enjoyable. Light-hearted, humorous at time, and thoroughly genuine in its approach. I loved the way the author weaved us through the lives of Harold and his wife. The hanger-on characters were a delight.
R.J. on
I found the book disappointing. The idea of the novel is interesting: the execution is not.

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