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    DescriptionNATIONAL BESTSELLER - LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE WASHINGTON POST" Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce's remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live. Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him--allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years. And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy. A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise--and utterly irresistible--storyteller. Advance praise for "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" "When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me."--Nancy Horan, author of "Loving Frank" "There's tremendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him."--Paula McLain, author of "The Paris Wife" " " "Marvelous! I held my breath at his every blister and cramp, and felt as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed."--Helen Simonson, author of" Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" "Harold's journey is ordinary and extraordinary; it is a journey through the self, through modern society, through time and landscape. It is a funny book, a wise book, a charming book--but never cloying. It's a book with a savage twist--and yet never seems manipulative. Perhaps because Harold himself is just wonderful. . . . I'm telling you now: I love this book."--Erica Wagner, "The Times "(UK) "The odyssey of a simple man . . . original, subtle and touching."--Claire Tomalin, author of "Charles Dickens: A Life"


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    Title
    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rachel Joyce
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812993295
    ISBN 10: 0812993292
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.92
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Approval Code: P25200000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 71
    DC22: 823/.92
    B&T Approval Code: P25900000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC016000, FIC045000, FIC044000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6110.O98 U55 2012
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    Ingram Theme: ASPT/DIXNAS
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    1 MAP
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    24 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Rachel Joyce is an award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4. She started writing after a twenty-year acting career, in which she performed leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and won multiple awards. Rachel Joyce lives in Gloucestershire on a farm with her family and is at work on her second novel.
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    Praise for "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" "[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation."--"O: The Oprah Magazine" "You have to love Harold Fry, a man who set out one morning to mail a letter and then just kept going. . . . Like Christian in John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress," Harold becomes Everyman in the eyes of those who encounter him. . . . Harold's journey, which parallels Christian's nicely but not overly neatly, takes him to the edge of death and back again. It will stick with you, this story of faith, fidelity and redemption."--"Minneapolis Star Tribune" "For all of us perfectly responsible, stoop-shouldered suburbanites wearing a path in the living-room carpet, Harold's ridiculous journey is a cause for celebration. This is Walter Mitty skydiving. This is J. Alfred Prufrock not just eating that peach, but throwing the pit out the window, rolling up his trousers and whistling to those hot mermaids. Released from the cage of his own passivity, Harold feels transformed, though he keeps his tie on. . . . In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental tale, she's cleared space where miracles are still possible." --"Washington Post" "[R]emarkable. . . . I can't think of a better recommendation for summer reading. And take your time, just as Harold does."--"USA Today," four out of four stars review [A] story of present-day courage. . . . . about how easily a mousy, domesticated man can get lost and how joyously he can be refound."--Janet Maslin, "New York Times" "From its charming beginning to its startling and cathartic denouement, "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" is a comic and tragic joy."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me."--Nancy Horan, author of "Loving Frank" "There's trem