The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Book rating: 05 Paperback Black Swan

By (author) Rachel Joyce

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552779040
  • ISBN 13: 9780552779043
  • Sales rank: 534

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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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Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 34 languages. Rachel Joyce was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012 and shortlisted for the 'Writer of the Year' 2014. She is also the author of the short story, A Faraway Smell of Lemon and the forthcoming short story collection, A Snow Garden & Other Stories and a new novel for 2016, The Music Shop. She is the award-winning writer of over 30 original afternoon plays and classic adaptations for BBC Radio 4. Rachel Joyce lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

Customer reviews

By Hikari Ludbrook 08 Sep 2013 5

Loved this book. It made me think of all the people in my life and how we must make the most of it.
Lovely read.

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"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

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