The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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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").show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552779040
  • 9780552779043
  • 1,257

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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." Spectatorshow more

About Rachel Joyce

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, 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 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.show more

Review Text

"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 20130701show more

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109,181 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 27% (29,696)
4 43% (46,623)
3 23% (25,175)
2 5% (5,827)
1 2% (1,860)

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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.show more
by Hikari Ludbrook
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